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Students Skip Recess to Help a Child with Special Needs Become More Mobile


The Short of It

Two sixth-grade students in South Carolina create a way for a child with special needs to move around independently.

The Lowdown

Four-year-old Tiahnah Taylor has cerebral palsy and can't walk on her own. When Dr. Chris Craft and two of his sixth-grade students, Maria McClive and Michelle Kim, learned about her, they wanted to create a new way to help her move around that was cooler than her wheelchair.

Their answer? A revamped old toy car that features gears allowing her to control her movements—and they personalized it with the little girl's name.

"People will be staring at her because they feel jealous that she has this awesome car," Kim told local news station WLTX.

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Tiahnah's mom, Takeira Powell, was deeply touched by the girls' efforts. She told WLTX, "When I was in middle school, the kids didn't care about helping out other kids; it was just more so into other things. But just to know that you do have somebody there, that's wanting to help out and make a difference in the world, it was kind of cool."

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For his part, Dr. Craft says, "It's absolutely heartwarming for me to see my kids dedicating their time, their energy; they've given up recess; they've given up as much time as they possibly can to be here and work on a project like this."

The Upshot

At a time when we hear so many stories about bullying in middle and high school, it's refreshing to hear about students who want to help others, not hurt them. If I was a parent of one of these girls, I'd be very proud.

"Just feeling how it is to know that you're helping out somebody is just amazing," Kim said.

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