Aiding Central American Children

Helping Hands Aided by APS Teachers
Posted on 02/07/2020
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(A project of APS teachers Ruth Edge, John O'Farrell and Ashlee Farkas at Juvenile Detention Center who work under the guidance of Principal Rebecca Green-Pallotta)

A group of youths in Summit County Juvenile Court took the term “helping hand” to a whole new level.

The youths built prosthetic hands that have been distributed to kids who needed them in Central America.

Though the prostheses were assembled several months ago, the court staff recently got their first glimpse of the help the hands provided when they received photographs of several recipients. This included Rody Rosa, an 11-year-old Honduras boy who lost his hand in an industrial accident.

“It was so touching to see how those hands created at Dan Street made their way to a foreign country,” Summit County Juvenile Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio said, referring to the detention center in Akron.

Forty youths in the detention center, all being held because of allegedly serious offenses, helped build the hands during a summer program in July taught by Kent State University professors and teaching students. Read more at >>.

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