I Am Local 6: Students surprise classmate with colorblind glasses

PADUCAH, KY – Bright colors help students learn. In a classroom at Lone Oak Middle School, they posed a problem for one student.

“Well, it looks like the color that Moscow has,” sixth-grader Carson Bradford tried to answer, looking at a map. “Can you not see that?” his teacher asked. Carson is colorblind.

“The colors I have trouble with are green, red, blue, purple, and yellow and orange,” Carson said.

“Carson couldn’t read the maps in the books, because they are all color coded,” classmate Nora Brown said. “So, he couldn’t answer the question, so Mr. Moss came up with the idea to get him these glasses.”

Each student brought in as much money as they could. All together, they collected $375 for Carson. On Monday, teacher Ben Moss handed Carson a box. In a video, you can hear the class laugh with excitement.

He had no clue they had been planning that moment. “Is this like what all of y’all see?” he said as he tried his new specs. “Woah, woah!”

Nora was holding the camera when it happened. “It was pretty cool, because it made him happy, so I was happy,” she told me.

“He’s a friend to everybody no matter who it is —gender, race, anything. He’s a friend,” classmate Colton Blackwell said.

Moss posted the video online. Almost 80,000 people have watched it.

“I’d like to think that it’s because of me, but it’s not,” Carson said. “There’s just so much bad stuff in the world, and it’s nice to be able to know that some people are still nice!”

Some of the nicest people are right here in the Local 6 area.

Carson said he wears those glasses every day now, and he is already seeing the difference in his school work.

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