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Student Teaches Classmates During Wheelchair Awareness Week

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Instead of walking in another person's shoes, some students in Hawley rolled through the week to experience life in a wheelchair.

It is wheelchair week at Hawley High School. Students were educated on what life is like for those who aren't able to walk.  The idea came from a Junior who depends on her chair everyday, and wanted to spread awareness.

Carissa Murphy said she wants people know what she goes through every day. Her main goal was to raise awareness and try to make the school safer for everyone.

"I want them to know they are making an impact even if it's small, we can change the world just by doing this," explains Carissa Murphy.
 
Carissa says she feels grateful for the students who signed up to participate by using wheelchairs for the day. She said they are not only helping her, but they are helping make the school a better place.
 
She said one of the things that bothers her the most is people who aren't supportive of those with disabilities, and that she hates being labeled.
 
"I have a name. I have a name, so learn to use it. I hate being known as the wheelchair girl," Carissa said.

She said even if it takes her longer to do things, she'll find a way to do the same things everyone else can do.

Carissa adds that she believes the other students learned a lot this week, saying several have come up to her telling her how brave she is. She made a presentation in front of several classes and said she had a lot of fun educating her classmates.

Carissa thanks the school for being so supportive of her idea, and hopes to have wheelchair awareness week again next year.
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