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Helping Henry

Original post made on Aug 22, 2007

Local teens use robotics to give disabled man part of his life back

On a bright afternoon in early August, Henry Evans' face lit up. In the bedroom of his Los Altos home, he demonstrated how -- with only a slight movement of his head -- he could do something he had not done for years: turn on his television.
Photos by Norbert von der Groeben/Palo Alto Weekly.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, August 21, 2007, 11:55 AM

Comments (9)

Posted by David Cohen, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 22, 2007 at 7:43 pm

Excellent story! My wife was in the other room reading when I suddenly heard her say "wow - this is so cool." She told my son about it because he wants to be an inventor, and she's now reading the full story aloud to him. I love what this story shows about compassion, creativity, Henry's incredible perseverance, everyone's hard work and dedication, the great things that teens are capable of (even if they're not 4.0 students - imagine that!). Glad to have some follow up on a story covered at an earlier phase.

(I'm also proud of the writing job by my former student. Well done, Rotem!)


Posted by Sandra Smith Crosetti-Paly Alumni, a resident of another community
on Aug 23, 2007 at 7:57 am

I loved reading this story. The enthusiasm and dedication of all who were involved is truly inspirational. I especially enjoyed reading (several times) the fact that the students involved were not 4.0 students! I am a home teacher and work with students who are too sick to be in school. Some of the are out for most of or all of the school year. I am always looking for stories to inspire and encourage them. This story will be one of my favorites to share.


Posted by KATHY & JON KEITH, a resident of another community
on Aug 23, 2007 at 5:25 pm

WE ARE FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD IN BIGFORK, MONTANA WHERE JANE, HENRY, AND FAMILY LIVED FOR ALMOST 2 YEARS WHEN HE WENT TO THERAPY HERE A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO. THEIR EXAMPLES OF PERSEVERANCE, LOVE, AND DEDICATION TO EACHOTHER AND THEIR FAMILY IS REMARKABLE. IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER. THEIR STORY, ALTHOUGH IT SEEMS, JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER.

WE STILL REMEMBER THOSE COLD SNOWY MONTANA DAYS WHEN THEY CAUTIOUSLY HEADED DOWN THE ICY HILL IN THEIR VAN TO GET TO ONE (TWO OR THREE) OF HENRY'S THERAPIES (PHYSICAL, OCCUPATIONAL, AND SPEECH)IN KALISPELL WHICH WAS ABOUT 25 MILES ONE WAY. JUST TRANSFERRING HENRY IN AND OUT OF THE VAN WAS A LOT OF WORK AND VERY COLD FOR BOTH OF THEM. I'VE BEEN TOLD THAT HENRY WAS A VERY HARD WORKER IN THERAPY. HE HAD A GOOD COACH, JANE, WHO KNEW WHAT HE STILL HAD INSIDE AND WOULD NOT LET HIM TAKE THE "EASY WAY OUT".

WE CONNECTED WITH THEM FOR MANY REASONS INCLUDING A LOVE FOR THE BEAUTY OF FLATHEAD LAKE AND THE VIEWS WE HAVE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD. WE MISS THEM SO BUT KNOW WE ARE STILL BLESSED TO KNOW THEM AS LIFE LONG FRIENDS.

AS FOOTBALL SEASON NEARS, AGAIN WE HAVE TO CHEER FOR USC AND WISH THE BEST FOR NOTRE DAME. CONTINUED GOOD LUCK HENRY!! YES, WE ARE STILL FRIENDS....

KATHY & JON

P.S. I, KATHY, LOVE WHAT THE STUDENTS HAVE DONE.....I HAVE A BACKGROUND IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY. GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU WITH YOUR ENDEAVORS!!!

P.S. CAN'T WAIT TO VISIT YOU AND YOURS IN CALIFORNIA .


Posted by Suz Antink, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 24, 2007 at 6:29 am

Our district's students with the support of their parents (and the larger community) and the opportunities created by their teachers really accomplish magic! ...Magic based on physics and math, driven by their humanity. Kudos to all! Gives me goosebumps and makes me proud of our kids and community.


Posted by Margo Wixsom, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 24, 2007 at 9:40 am

What a wonderul treat to return to school with such a powerful and relevant story about how education and learning truly make the world a better place! Outstanding writing by Rotem and as usual wonderful photos by Norbert. Kudos to both of you for helping to make the PA Weekly certainly the finest local paper in the country with such exceptional journalist and photo-essay format. Congrats to Rotem for applying your skills to such excellent professional work. As the Palo Alto HS Photo teacher I am delighted to add yet another fine example of excellence in professional Photography and Journalism that my students can learn from and which illustrates how learning works in the world.


Posted by Doug Bertain, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 24, 2007 at 12:30 pm

Great writing Rotem! Thanks also for the press as it will surely help our team in this year's fund-raising effort. The Paly Robotics Team Thanks you!
Doug Bertain
Palo Alto High School Instructor
Engineering/CAD/Robotics


Posted by leo weilmann, a resident of another community
on Sep 18, 2007 at 12:20 pm

We're from grass Valley, Ca. and previously lived in Claremont, Ca. and San Fernando Valley for 45 years.

We are moved and encouraged to read this story of wanting to help their fellow man and using their ingenuity and talents to help someone less fortunate speaks volumes for the future of our society.

We are indeed fortunate as parents. teachers and a society to have young folks like these assume leadership roles.

Keep up the good work!


Posted by Kaye Paugh, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Oct 16, 2007 at 1:39 pm

What a delight to read such a well written article by one of my former students and advisees, Rotem, who provided detailed information about one of my current advisees and former students, Daniel, and his teammates. Well done Paly and Paly Robotics Team! A beautiful story about students using their incredible intellects and creativity to help others. What a future you both have, Rotem and Daniel. It is a privilege to know you both. "Well done" as well to Doug Bertain and Mr. Tacklind for the hours of mentoring and teaching you have given these students. It is wonderful to read good news about students who are accomplishing amazing feats at such young ages. This reminds us all that the future really is in good hands. As educators we see that every day, but it is nice to see "in print" as well.


Posted by Patricia, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 18, 2008 at 9:35 pm

Paly and Gunn robotics teamed up to win an impressive 2nd place spot at the regionals in San jose! Read about it at the Paly Voice:

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