Middle Schooler Goes Above and Beyond to Help Fellow Burien Students
BURIEN, WASH. - As a twelve year-old, Cassidy Huff began tutoring special education students at Sylvester Middle School when she realized that many of the communications challenges faced by the students there could be overcome with technology like iPads and voice recognition apps. The School had no money for iPads, though. So Huff had an idea: why not raise the funds herself?
Huff had a lot on her plate at the time: she was still recovering from her 33rd spinal surgery. Born with a rare genetic condition called Conradi Hunermann, she is no stranger to surgeries. She is blind in her right eye, deaf in her left ear, and the right side of her body is about three and a half inches shorter than her left.
But Huff doesn't appear to let these challenges slow her down, nor does she draw inward. Instead, she seeks ways to help others. By mid-January 2015, less than two months after she began to fundraise, Huff had raised enough money to purchase iPads, protective cases, and communication apps for the entire special education class at Sylvester - seven students in all.