Robot taking over a WFISD classroom

WICHITA FALLS - "I was surprised and shocked," that was Riley Pruit's initial reaction when she was told a robot would sit in class for her during her recovery process.

Riley sustained an injury in October that resulted in her having to wear a brace around her waist for several months.

Riley's mother, Xochitl Pruit told us, "When we came back when Riley was ready to go back to school, we realized that we needed to have a plan," and that plan involved Evie, the robot.

She said, "I remembered that we have a robot at Region 9, we have two of them. There are two of them that are loaned out to all of the Region 9 area for this type of incident." 
 
"I can't believe it myself, I'm controlling this robot through a laptop," Riley added.

From her dining room table, Riley attends class with Evie, she's able to listen to her professors and speak with them.

Rider High School Principal, Dee Palmore said, "It puts the student back in the classroom, where they can ask questions and be a part of the class when they can't be there." 

They say technology is headed to a place we never thought it would. "We're doing what we saw as cartoons 40 years ago, is the reality in the classroom today and I think that's incredible," Palmore continued to say, even more, so that one of Dee Palmore's best sophomores is taking advantage of it while recovering from her injury.

Pruit said, "Never would I have thought that a robot would be going to class for my child," and Riley told us, "I feel great, I mean, I have no words for it, it's nice, it's amazing."

Amazing that there's two of her now attending class as one, "The same me except I'm half robot so hashtag robogirl." 
    
One thing Riley said she is most proud of is that she doesn't have to miss a day of her sophomore year, and still gets to go to class with all of her friends.


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