GoBabyGo! relaunched in September for 2020. Photo provided.
GoBabyGo! relaunched in September for 2020. Photo provided.
Edgewood Middle Schools’ Project Lead The Way teacher Abbi Richcreek launched another successful school-community partnership for GoBabyGo!, according to a news release Friday from Warsaw Community Schools.

Richcreek promotes STEM education through her classroom curriculum, after-school clubs and special projects such as GoBabyGo! This is a continuation of the second set of Jeeps to be modified for GoBabyGo! at Edgewood due to the physical closing of WCS in March. This year's project will focus on finishing vehicles for four deserving children whose projects were put on hold.

Key contributors continue to fund this program. Thanks go to Warsaw's VFW 1126, the Korreck Family and Kosciusko Endowment Youth Services (KEYS) for a grant through Kosciusko Community Foundation.

Richcreek reached out to let the four beneficiaries know that teams of engineers and volunteers will prioritize this project even if the children cannot physically be at the work sessions. Emmit, Zorey, Jordynn and Bryar will each receive a customized and modified 12-volt vehicle. With this mobility gift, these children will have increased independent movement experiences that allow expression, play, socialization and exploration for learning.

Richcreek again recruited over 20 Edgewood students who have committed to a five-week after-school STEM activity to be held outside following COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Richcreek is grateful that volunteers from last year's program returned to complete their projects. Students who graduated from Edgewood Middle School and went on to WCHS also came back, according to the release.

Emmit, Zorey, Jordynn and Bryar will each have a team of Edgewood students consulting with mentors to work through a design process to meet the objective of engineering a vehicle that meets the unique needs of their child client. Mentoring engineers from local companies were on site Wednesday when this year's GoBabyGo! launched again. Richcreek also arranged to have physical therapist Dr. Aaron Turner on-site to answer questions about mobility so Edgewood students can make assessments and engineer alterations to create a specialized vehicle.

Richcreek thanks all who support GoBabyGo! She appreciates the ongoing partnerships with volunteers from WCS Maintenance Department, DePuy, Zimmer-Biomet, Dalton Foundry and Paragon Medical who serve as mentors and give their time and talents to enrich the lives of others.