Legally blind since birth, Kelsey Riley, 14, stands in parade formation, listening for the shrill sound of her band director's whistle to signal the beginning of the Coal Festival Parade in downtown Wellston, Ohio (pop. 6,078).
Her sighted sister, Katie, 16, waits at her side, smoothing Kelsey's red, white and blue uniform and carefully inspecting a clarinet before placing the instrument in Kelsey's hands as the drum line begins its cadence.
Hearing two long and three short blasts from director Dan Kelley's whistle,..........
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