Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, just like all other public places, schools are shut down and there are no students in the classroom. But at Burke-based North Liberty School, the story is different. There, the teachers and staff have created a way to positively impact the community.
According to a press release from Burke County Schools, the principal at North Liberty School, Lisa Summey, came to know about a student named Jasmine Powell who needed an accessible wheelchair ramp at her home. The girl had to been carried through her front door and this was a tough job for her parents. Lisa obtained approval from Jasmine's family and soon she teamed-up with Foothills Service Project to help her out.
According to Summey, they are very fortunate to build something that can help the community when they are in need. It's amazing to see how it all come together and experience a person's first time riding down the ramp.
“We don’t give our teachers and teachers assistants enough credit. They are a huge part of these students' lives and because they have a student that needed something, their heart went out to it. To me it is exciting to see them want to reach the community", says the director of Foothills Service Project and member of the Burke County Board of Education, R.L. Icard.
Making an accessible ramp for Jasmine was not enough for the North Liberty staff and teachers. They also helped other people with wheelchairs by providing them six different ramps.
Larry Putnam, the superintendent of BCPS said, "the work done by these teachers and staff members is a great example of how much the teachers are worried about their students, even when they are not with each other."
Thanks to all the teachers out there who go out of their way just to make sure their students are safe and cared for.
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