WARSAW — Abbi Richcreek, Project Lead The Way teacher at Edgewood Middle School, along with her students, former students, community volunteers and parents, will present four customized vehicles during half-time at the Warsaw Community High School football game on Friday, Oct. 16.
The completion and gifting of the second set of Jeeps to be modified for GoBabyGo! at Edgewood was temporarily suspended in March. On Friday, all who contributed to this project will have the opportunity to see four faces light up when they receive their customized Jeeps. Emmitt, Zorey, Jordynn and Bryar will each receive a modified 12-volt vehicle. With this mobility gift, these children will have increased independent movement experiences that allow expression, play, socialization and exploration for learning.
Over 20 Edgewood students committed to delivering on their promise.
“Volunteers from last year’s program returned to complete their projects,” said Richcreek. “Students who graduated from Edgewood Middle School and went on to WCHS also came back.”
Emmitt, Zorey, Jordynn and Bryar had a team of students consulting with mentors to work through a design process to meet unique needs of their child client. Richcreek also arranged to have Physical Therapist Dr. Aaron Turner on-site to answer questions about mobility so teams could make assessments and engineer alterations to create a specialized vehicle.
Richcreek would like to thank all who support GoBabyGo! She appreciates the ongoing partnerships with volunteers from Warsaw Community Schools’ maintenance department, Depuy, Zimmer-Biomet, Dalton Foundry and Paragon Medical who serve as mentors and give their time and talents to enrich the lives of others.
Richcreek set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for next year’s project. Each customized vehicle costs approximately $500. Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) have already stepped forward to sponsor a vehicle. An earlier donation to WCS from Clearwater Car Wash will be designated to Edgewood’s GoBabyGo! for $1,500. With 2021 now fully funded, public and business donations will be applied toward vehicles for 2022. Individuals and businesses who would like to donate can find details at this link.
An earlier donation to WCS from Clearwater Car Wash will be designated to Edgewood’s GoBabyGo! for $1,500. With 2021 now fully funded, public and business donations will be applied toward vehicles for 2022.