Fourth grade S.T.E.M. students build wheelchair for child in need

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GRAHAM (KFDX/KJTL) — The end of the school year for most students and teachers is a period of slowing down, but that wasn’t the case for Claire Meschkat and her fourth grade S.T.E.M. students at Open Door Christian School in Graham.

She wanted to teach them an important lesson in helping others.

“But instead of just solving problems for themselves, I wanted them to think outside, what can you do to help others,” said Meschkat, S.T.E.M. teacher at ODCS.

That’s when the school’s secretary found the Open Wheelchair Foundation and Emmy Lou, a seven-year-old girl in New York desperately in need of a wheelchair.

“My thoughts were that we are so blessed to do something as great as this at the end of the school year, as great as this even though we’re only in fourth grade,” said student Ean Arrell.

Alongside their teacher, the students worked for a month on the wheelchair, adding things like a hand-sewn cushion, flowers, and making it motorized for Emmy Lou.

Claire hopes that this gesture will have a big impact on Emmy Lou’s life.

“We hope that Emmy Lou sees the love that was poured into this project by my students and how they really wanted to use their skills to make a difference in her life. We hope that when she receives this wheelchair, it not only makes a difference in how she’s able to get around more, but sees that there are children here in Texas that really care about her and put a lot of effort and prayers into this project to make a difference in her life,” said Meschkat.

And the students hope Emmy Lou has as much fun with the chair as they did making it.

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