On June 27, 1880, Helen Keller was born. She was a normal, healthy baby until she was 19 months old. Helen came down with Scarlet Fever that no one could cure. The sickness passed quickly, but left the child deaf, blind, and mute. The poor child was very short tempered and did not understand many things, such as why her birthday cake was a surprise, why she could not have it early, and she did not even know that it was her birthday.
When she was 6 years old, Helen's father took her to Washington, D.C. to get examined by Dr. Alexander Graham Bell. He told them to write to the Perkins Institute for the Blind to send a teacher. The 20-year-old Anne Sullivan was sent to Helen. Anne would use a method of spelling out words into Helen's hand. Although it was not easy, Anne would never give up. Anne also taught Helen to read Braille that was invented by Louis Braille, a former student of The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Youth. Anne bought Helen to the Horace Mann School for the Deaf where Helen learned English, French, and German. Other schools Helen attended were Wright Huanson School and Cambridge School for Young Ladies.
Even as a child, Helen dreamed of going to college and in time she did. Anne and Helen both went to Radcliff College. There Anne met John Macy, a teacher just like herself. Helen did very well in school and left college with honors. After college, Helen's father died. It was a very sad time in her life. Anne and John were always there for Helen. Soon after her father's death, Anne and John married. This gave Helen much joy. Helen lived with them an it wasn't very long before all three moved to a house on the West Coast.s
Helen finally decided to become a writer. She wrote fourteen books. One of her books "The Story of My Life" won 2 special awards. She even went to the government to ask for more books for the blind. Eventually, they made more books in Braille.
After John died, Helen and Anne were the saddest they had ever been. The next year Anne died. Helen cried and cried for weeks. She had been with Anne most of her life. She felt alone because Anne was her best friend. A few years later Helen learned how to speak.
Helen died in 1968, at the age of 88. Helen Keller was a great women and we love her still today.
Written by Jordan Churchman