Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind held its convocation Monday morning welcoming staff back for the upcoming school year. This year had a circus theme of “The Greatest Place on Earth” with a ringmaster, clowns and circus performers to entertain the crowd. AIDB recognized employees with 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service. AIDB President Dr. John Mascia presented inspirational thoughts to the staff, reminding them how important each person is to the success of the institution as a whole. Students arrive on AIDB campuses Sunday, Aug. 5 and begin classes Monday, Aug. 6.