Student With Cerebral Palsy Couldn't Go On Class Hike, So Teacher Carried The Girl On Her Back


June 13, 2018 17:13 By Fabiosa

No child likes to be excluded from a group, especially when they really want to be part of it. Exclusion can result in feelings of sadness, confusion, loneliness, and other painful emotions.

Still, despite all the efforts made to include everyone, children with disabilities are often excluded from being part of a school program and extracurricular activities. But luckily, there are some devoted teachers who are willing to change that.

Helma Wardenaar, a teacher in Chicago, will do anything for her school kids. So, when the girl with cerebral palsy couldn’t participate in a three-day camping trip, the woman found a perfect solution.

Usually, Maggie Vazquez uses a walker, but school officials said it would not be an option. The trip was too long, and there were many fallen over trees and branches for the 10-year-old to go there.

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Wardenaar learned about a $300 child carrier, Freeloader, that could hold up to 65 lbs and allow her to carry Maggie on her back. When the teacher showed it to the schoolgirl, she couldn’t be happier:

She was so happy, she was like, ‘Ms. Helma, I’m going on the trip too! I’m going to see some butterflies!’ She was so happy when she knew she was going.

With the woman's help, the girl went on hikes and explored the forest. The 38-year-old carried the schoolgirl for 2 hours every day. Sometimes, it was too heavy, but Maggie encouraged her teacher with positive words or songs.

No wonder this good deed went viral and attracted people’s attention. Just take a look at the heartwarming reactions posted:

Thank you, Helma Wardenaar, for your commitment and devotion!

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