MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: CSU Students Install Wheelchair Swing for Twins

WHAT: Students in the Colorado State University Department of Construction Management will install a wheelchair swing for 11-year-old twins with cerebral palsy. The swing is part of a project to renovate and make the backyard accessible to wheelchairs. The renovation also includes a newly constructed deck. The project is part of community-service construction program in the department called CM Cares.

WHEN and WHERE: 10 a.m. Thursday, April 26, 3799 Mt. Edwards St., Wellington, 80549.

DETAILS: CM Cares students, along with industry sponsors ISEC and GE Johnson Construction, are using an 80-ton crane to lift the wheelchair swing so it can be installed. The crane was donated by GE Johnson. The entire process of lifting the swing will last about 10-15 minutes, so reporters are encouraged to RSVP and arrive at 9:45 a.m. to set up.

Reporters should RSVP to Dell Rae Moellenberg by 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, if they are interested. RSVP at dellrae.moellenberg@colostate.edu or 970-491-6009.

The twins, James and Libby Waechter, also will benefit from modifications made to the backyard to make it more wheelchair accessible.

CM Cares aims to infuse leadership traits, team building and ethics into the student experience through community service activities. The projects focus on teaming students, faculty, staff and industry partners to help people with special needs or local community service agencies through construction projects. CM Cares initiatives also are delivered through two courses that incorporate leadership and service learning as objectives. Students volunteer outside of class to complete CM Cares projects.

The Department of Construction Management is in CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.

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