01-29-14: Rogers High staff and students help build path for paralyzed student
01-29-14: Rogers High staff and students help build path for paralyzed student
Posted on 01/29/2014

Rogers High School sophomore Jacoby Miles, who was paralyzed last year after sustaining a neck injury during gymnastics practice, can ride her motorized wheelchair to and from school with ease thanks to the volunteer efforts of more than 50 of her classmates and several teachers.Image

 

The students and teachers partnered with community agencies to replace a 100-foot section of grass with pavers to connect her housing development with a sidewalk that leads to the high school. Miles lives just south of Rogers High School near Heritage Park Recreation Center.

 

Rogers High science teacher Steve Bright offered to donate some of the profits from the sales of plants grown in the school greenhouse to pay for the path. He also teamed with several businesses and Pierce County agencies to get materials and equipment to complete the project this month.

 

While Miles had no difficulty in good weather traveling the grass path in her wheelchair, it became more difficult to maneuver during the rainy season when the area turned muddy.

 

The new path is the latest example of support by local schools and the surrounding community to help the Puyallup teenager and her family. There have been numerous local fundraisers, as well as a makeover of her home, following her injury in November 2012.

 

Watch the King 5 News story that aired January 28, 2014.