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Plainville High School Students Build "Wheel Board" For Peer

Students in Dean Esposti's Construction Class recently designed and built a unique "wheel board" for a fellow student at Plainville High School. Special Education teacher Marilyn Badner approached Esposti with a unique challenge. Adrian, a special needs student, had a fascination with wheels, and Badner had been turning furniture upside down as a learning tool to access wheels for Adrian to use. Badner and Esposti discussed appropriate alternatives that could be constructed incorporating wheels to utilize in working with Adrian. Esposti then tapped high school senior Dominick Moschini for the project, who met with Mrs. Badner to develop a plan. Moschini, fellow student Bryon Kowaleski, and student teacher James Catalano collaborated to design and build the "wheel board." The group searched for an assortment of wheels, which they found at no cost. The wheels were then affixed to a modified board so that Adrian could access them for use in the classroom.

Badner said, "I had been looking for months at equipment that was costly and not quite what we needed. Sometimes you don't realize the resources that are right at your fingertips! Thanks to Mr. Esposti and his students for taking the time collaborate with me and come up with a perfect solution for Adrian."

"It was a good opportunity to help the special needs program on a project that was deeply needed for a particular student", said Moschini. "This was a great project to work on and I was more than happy and grateful to help make this for a special needs student," added Kowaleski.

Catalano said, "It was a wonderful experience working with the students on a project which would help a special needs child. I hope to have many more opportunities like this in my career."

-Posted on March 23, 2011 at 11:49 AM

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