When a class of Grade 6 students came to call the pre-holiday hike Operation Leave No One Behind, it was clear this would be no simple winter walk.
Chris Mieske’s class at Trafalgar Middle School includes Todd St. Pierre, who was born with bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria, a genetic disorder that affects his mobility.
So if they were going to spend a day stomping through snow outside Nelson, they needed a solution for including Todd.
“Because he’s our classmate,” said student Koen de Jong. “Bringing him helps us learn about empathy.”
The answer was a sled, designed and built just for Todd. The students solicited local businesses for supplies and took about three weeks to complete the finished product.