Central Gwinnett High School students create “Magic Wheelchair” for local elementary student
Central Gwinnett High School students unveiled an extraordinary “Magic Wheelchair” for an elementary school student at Central Gwinnett High.
This year the high school students poured their hearts and souls into making this the best Halloween ever for Anthony Hicks, a student at Oakland Meadow School. The high school students have created a Halloween costume that incorporates Anthony’s wheelchair. The big reveal of the costume happened at Central Gwinnett High School’s Safe Trick-or-Treat community event (held at the school’s stadium). The event usually brought more than 2,000 children and their families to the Central Gwinnett campus.
“All of us at Central Gwinnett High School are so excited to be able to use our resources and the skills and knowledge of our students and teachers in order to give back to our community,” said Central Gwinnett High’s Fine Arts and Communications Academy Coordinator Megan Rose-Houchins. “Our students have been working since early September to create something truly special for Anthony and his family and we can’t wait to see his face when he sees the finished project.”
Magic Wheelchair is a non-profit organization started by Ryan and Lana Weimer to provide their children in wheelchairs the best and most exquisite looking costumes for Halloween. Over time, the Stan Winston School of Character Arts joined in with the project to help make the costumes more realistic and creative.
“Community businesses, such as Nu Motion in Norcross and Fascinate LLC in Duluth, also have contributed to the cause. Our mascot is the Black Knights, and we like to say that we are ‘u-Knighted’ as one Central Gwinnett community. This is an excellent example of how we can ‘u-Knight’ as a community to do something special for our own,” Rose-Houchins said.
Magic Wheelchair is a non-profit whose mission is to put a smile on the face of every child in a wheelchair. Each build takes many volunteers and countless hours to create. They are truly epic, and make kids who often feel left out during the Trick-or-Treat season, feel like a King or Queen! For more information visit: magicwheelchair.org