ACMS students create Halloween train costume for child who uses a wheelchair

ACMS students create Halloween train costume for child who uses a wheelchair


– So basically today we
are putting the finishing touches on, um, a costume for a wheelchair we’ve been building for a kid named Caden – [Emma] Because he can
walk but not for long periods of time so on Halloween he has to be in his wheelchair
and so he can’t wear that many costumes, so
we’ve been building a Percy the Train costume
from Thomas the train around his wheelchair. – First thing we did
was select the child and officer Smith, Tia Smith,
she worked here in our building and her son
Caden is in a wheelchair. And so she’s done so
much for the community and for our school and for
these kids in particular. So we’ve decided to chose her son. – What we did is, um, we
actually brought him here one of, one of the Friday’s
and we were talking to him and we were supposed
to keep it like secret – [Jace] that we, cause he
doesn’t know that this is happening still, but we still
had to get what he wanted. – And we started making
sketches, we started thumbnail sketches, a lot of brainstorming. We did a lot of research. Um, then we drew both
Orth graphic and isometric drawings of some ideas that we had. Then we went to our computers
and did CAD drawings and developed CAD drawings
of what we wanted. – We gave her a materials list because – [Jace] she split us into three groups. the frame group, the design
group and then like the, the painting and the um
detail kind of group. – Throughout the whole process
we would hear the kids say – [Cindy] Remember Caden
is this or remember he can do this or let’s make it like this because he likes this. And the whole time the kids were truly, truly focused on Caden. – [Jace] It’s, it’s
exciting, I don’t think any kids our age have really
done anything like this. And I think it will be cool
just to see how he likes it and his, uh, reaction to it. – Okay, so, he still doesn’t
know what we’re doing so we’re going to try to surprise him with um, the whole Percy the Train costume. – [Cindy] Hey Caden, how are you? – Say Hi! – [Cindy] Mrs. Ehrstein
came to see you again. How are you? Can we move away so he
can see what you’ve done. – Trick or treat! – Yeah! – I want it! – Yeah! You wanna ride it? – Yeah! Come on. – Okay. (laughter) – Oh it’s Velcro, oh that’s clever. – There it is! – Say all aboard! – All aboard! (mumbled voice) – I think it was really
cool seeing his reaction. It was, like, he seemed
to be really happy. Yeah, I felt like it was
really worth the time that we put into the train. – Uh, this was amazing,
and more important than the kids probably realize. Them uh, taking the time
to not only do a project like but really get to know Caden. So, for Halloween it’s not
so much about collecting the candy for a kid like
Caden, with disabilities. It’s about the experience
and being able to enjoy it and participate. And uh, he can’t normally
do that and so for the kids to create the
train and a opportunity for him to be able to
enjoy the experience, just, it means more than
I can ever put into words. Kisses. Love you. (Soft music)

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