It’s a wonderful world of color.
Adam Reid is a biology teacher at Scott County High School who is colorblind.
When students in Reid’s class found out about his color blindness, they decided to surprise him with a gift.
Last week Cameryn Darnell, a junior came up with an idea and had the help of other students to raise money for sunglasses that would help Reid see true color.
Darnell passed a note around class to gauge interest in who would donate and the whole class wrote their name down to help, she said.
“(Mr. Reid is) always the type of person to where you feel like you can go talk to him about something (if) you’re having troubles, you know,” Darnell said. “He’s always been that kind of person... So, I thought it pretty much could be the least we could do.”
Reid didn’t know he was color blind until around the age of 5 when he couldn’t figure out his colors, Reid said.
“Nobody really cared that I was colorblind until I was a teacher and now the kids are all fascinated by it,” he said. “I teach genetics, so that is one of the things we teach. That kind of gets (the students) talking about (color blindness).”
There are several different types of color blindness, Reid said.
“There’s red-green, and then actually green-red, which is another and then blue-yellow,” he said. “And then, I guess there is also just complete color blindness...
“You have two different types of vision pigments in your eyes. One’s called rods and one’s called cones. So, rods see black and white and the cones see all the color.
“Being colorblind means you are defective in some of those cones.”
Being colorblind doesn’t affect Reid that much in daily life because he can just use context clues, Reid said.
The glasses help Reid distinguish between colors.
“I actually have red-green and blue-yellow and the glasses help me with the red-green part of it,” he said.
The class went outside after giving Reid the sunglasses.
“When we got outside, the first thing he said is, ‘this is the first time I’ve been able to realize the tree is two different colors.’” Darnell said. “And then he got emotional when he said this is the first time he’ll be able to see his baby’s eyes... That got me tearing up right there.”
Since receiving the glasses a week ago, Reid said he has used them to go hiking with his daughter and he plans to use them whenever he is outside.
“I can’t believe that most people get to live in a world like this all the time and then can question if there’s a God or not (with) all this beauty,” he said.
“It was a pretty special thing for the kids to, one, go out of their way to raise that much money and two, just to even think to try to help somebody else,” Reid said.
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