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Students give Cumberland girl with cerebral palsy the gift of mobility


CUMBERLAND, R.I. (WPRI) — A little girl with cerebral palsy has a brand new way to get around thanks to a special group of students at Warwick’s Rocky Hill School.

Over the last month, the students have been working to upgrade an electric wheelchair for Brookie Reynolds. On Thursday, she was able to take it for a test drive.

The whole project came to fruition after a family friend and Rocky Hill teacher Andrew Hoffman-Patalona saw a social media post from Brookie’s mother asking for help modifying her pink chair.

Brookie’s mother, Alison, said the electric wheelchair is not small enough to navigate through the doorframes of her home.

Students in Rocky Hill School’s maker course solved that problem by taking some electrical parts and a 3-D printer, altering the wheelchair and giving Brookie a new sense of mobility.

“It just gives them that kind of skill to be able to do something for someone else for a good reason other than just in class,” Patalona explained.

On Thursday, the students got to see the fruits of their labor as Brookie sped around on her new and improved wheelchair.

“It’s really cool it makes me feel good like how we did it and how we accomplished it,” student Alex Lawton said.

“Just seeing their passion and all the amazing questions and they were just so into this it was just absolutely beautiful,” Alison added.

Brookie and her family received these updates free of charge, to which Alison says they are beyond grateful for.

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