ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) A southern Utah girl with special needs gets a lift at school, thanks to a boy scout who never met her.
For an Eagle Scout project this month, the teen built a new activity table changing the child's school experience.
In her Little Valley Elementary class, Ellen Colson is just like any other student. Yet, a rare form of muscular dystrophy keeps her in a motorized wheelchair.
"It takes a lot of energy just to breathe," Anne Colson said, Ellen's mom.
Ellen requires down time during her day, which puts her and the teachers at risk while transferring the student from her chair to the floor.
Jalen Wilson, 16, heard about Ellen's challenges and designed and built the activity table for his Eagle Scout project.
With 75 hours of hard work, the scouts from Troop 408 brought the floor to Ellen.
"It makes me feel really good because, like, you can just see how more comfortable she is and it helps me know that it was the right thing to do," Wilson said.
"Our backs are safe and she is safe. It is life changing," Jaqueline Whitaker said, Ellen's teacher.
"It is comforting to know that so many people love Ellen. And they do. They love Ellen and it shows," Anne Colson said.
Washington County School District warehouse manager Bill Lundin and wood shop teacher Stephen Wilson helped the troop with the project. The wood was also donated by a local business.
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