Two 5-year-olds played in York City's Continental Square on Tuesday morning.

Best friends Abram Slenker and Garver Elliott ran around each other, giggling and jumping and moving their tiny bodies around with boundless energy.

And if it weren't for the short white canes in their hands, one wouldn't know they were legally blind.

The boys joined several others in the square to celebrate Blindness Awareness Month and White Cane Safety Day, which was Tuesday.

York City Mayor Kim Bracey, as well as representatives from ForSight Vision and the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind, came together to hand out educational information to passers-by.

Spreading awareness: Abram, of Shrewsbury, and Garver, of Jefferson, demonstrated their canes for those who walked by.

"We can wave them back and forth and keep them on the ground, and we tap them," said Abram, who has no vision in his left eye and very little in his right.

And Garver, who wears corrective lenses but is still legally blind, said his cane helps him feel around for obstacles.

"So I can feel for a step," he said, tapping his tiny cane on the sidewalk.

The two need the canes not just for their own safety, but so others are aware of their conditions, said Molly Slenker, Abram's mom.

"Today is a nice day to reinforce that with them," she said.

The boys have had their canes for almost two years - and in two different sizes, Slenker said.

"As they grow, their canes get bigger, and it's very neat to see," she said.

They are regulars at a weekly art class at ForSight, and the students have become very close, Slenker said.

"It's like a little family," she said.

Getting around: The white cane is a symbol of mobility and independence, said Rodger Simmons, president of the York Area Council of the Blind.

"I think it's good for people like me to come out and educate other people," he said.

Born legally blind, Simmons, 62, of York City began using the cane when his vision got worse in his 40s, he said. It took about two months to get the hang of it at first, he said, but he prefers it to a guide dog.

"I feel more comfortable with a cane," Simmons said.

He has lived in York since 1980 and now works for ForSight, which provides employment opportunities for people with visual impairment. Equipped with his cane and the voiceover compass on his smartphone, he gets around pretty well, he said.

"We're just average people like everybody else," he said. "We just can't see like you can."

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