HS Students lift the spirits of a 5 year old girl

by Designing A Gift to Help Her Beloved Doll Look More Like Her

 

A group of Colorado high school students surprised a 5-year-old girl by creating a custom accessory for her doll so that the doll could look a bit more like her.

Students at Mesa Ridge High School were saddened when Martha Snipes, the little girl’s grandmother, told them about 5-year-old Marley Darrington’s leg braces. Snipes, who works for the school as an educational assistant, told the students that Marley was born with clubbed feet and must wear leg braces as she awaits further corrective surgeries, according to KUSA-TV. But when the students heard that Marley does not enjoy wearing her leg braces and feels uncomfortable with them on her, they decided to take action and create a matching set of leg braces for her favorite doll, Rosie, to wear alongside her.

Marley and Rosie (Image source: KUSA-TV)

“We’ve had a hard time getting Marley to wear her braces, so we’re hoping this will help,” said Snipes said, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette. ”We’re thinking she’ll be more accepting of wearing the braces if her doll had braces, too.”

Five students from the high school’s advanced computer-aided drafting and design class spent six weeks applying what they had been learning in class to designing Rosie’s leg braces to match Marley’s own pair as closely as possible, the Gazette reported. The students used a 3-D printer to design the braces, and on Friday, they met Marley and Rosie for the very first time as they presented the girl and her doll with their gift.

“My first thought was this is a great project because it has actual application and benefits a real person,” the students’ teacher, Nathan Sobin, told the Gazette.

“It makes me feel like I’m actually doing something good,” senior Zachary West said, adding that designing the project was a “grueling process” that required six different attempts before the students succeeded.

“It’s a great experience to impact someone’s life and help her feel accepted,” junior Real Williams told the Gazette.

Marley was thrilled with the students’ gift to her and her doll.

“Thank you,” Marley said as she waved the doll’s arm at the students, adding, “It makes Rosie happy,” according to the Gazette. “The braces will help her walk.”

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by Kathryn Blackhurst on Mar. 19, 2016 6:03pm 

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Comments (17)

  1. Munkyman

    It shouldn’t take 6 weeks but, that’s certainly a question of how many hours a week they put into it. At that rate though it probably would have been faster & easier to have used carbon fiber or fiberglass to simply cast braces against a mold from a similar doll’s legs. The little girl is happy & if she wears her own braces more now then it’s a good thing.

    March 19, 2016
    1. SEC

      I’d say that they had several tries and it was done during class hours

      March 19, 2016
  2. noahbody

    An awesome tale of true compassion.

    March 19, 2016
    1. SEC

      and of people thinking of others

      March 19, 2016
      1. noahbody

        yes

        March 19, 2016
  3. fierylady

    I saw this on the news. So wonderful!

    March 20, 2016
    1. SEC

      Yeah you are in the same state

      March 20, 2016
  4. GoldenPig2012

    Human beings are awesome!

    March 20, 2016
    1. SEC

      and can surprise the heck out of us regularly

      March 20, 2016
      1. GoldenPig2012

        Well, um………..no…………….anything we do……………from worst to best doesn’t surprise me. We’re capable of everything, always. I just don’t think we get enough credit for the awesome stuff.

        March 20, 2016
        1. SEC

          truer words were never

          March 20, 2016
          1. GoldenPig2012

            There’s SO MUCH good in all of us. We ARE awesome and high-five for recognizing these young ones for theirs.

            March 20, 2016
            1. SEC

              that was some of the reason I wanted to do this blog, the good tends to get buried under the gruesome

              March 20, 2016
  5. GoldenPig2012

    SEC, good for you! Advertise it, wave it around! We can be horrible, but…………….there is NO doubt in my mind we are better than the worst of what we are.

    March 20, 2016
    1. SEC

      and there is part of all of us that wants recognition and if all the notice aka recognition goes to bad behavior what are we going to get?

      March 20, 2016
      1. GoldenPig2012

        Well, we’re human and being recognized is part of that nature, but…………………for some reason, the bad shit is just………..juicier than the good. We are told not to advertise our good acts, people are fine with that, but, ha ha ha ha ha, the shit we fuck up? Oh, THAT shit is on the front page. chuckle

        March 20, 2016
        1. SEC

          yup confusing isn’[t it

          March 21, 2016