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MVPS Classroom Filled with Reporters and Camera Crews

Dec 2, 2014 | All School, Innovation, Upper School News

IMG_1093Upper School teacher TJ Edwards‘ Technology, Engineering and Design class was filled with visitors last week. One of them, 18 year-old Alex Linkous of Auburn, Georgia, who has lived since birth with only a portion of his right hand. He and his mother came to Mount Vernon for their second time so he could try on his new prosthetic hand created by MVPS students utilizing the School’s new 3-D printer.
After making the connection just three months prior, through the organization E-nabling the Future, Mr. Edwards and his students were able to give Alex an opportunity to try on three different options.
Not only were Alex and his mother ecstatic to be on-site for the fitting, a close family friend in Virginia was Facetiming them throughout the experience, local news reporter Joe Earle was taking photos and scribbling down student quotes, the photographer for the School’s winter magazine was capturing close-ups and David Brooks, a cameraman with NBC affiliate WXIA’s 11Alive, were all there to document the once-in-a-lifetime moment.
The 11Alive segment aired that night at 6:00 p.m. 
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The story came out in print just two weeks later.
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It was a full house that day. A classroom filled with innovation, empathy and heart.