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Danbury Local Schools is
using a popular mobile app to give one girl the education she otherwise wouldn't
be able to receive.
For most children,
preschool is an introduction to social interaction with their peers. A regular
day at school consists of singing songs and sharing toys, but for Kyra Conrad,
that's not possible.
She was born with multiple
intestinal atresia – only 2 percent of her intestines developed, which led
to Severe Combined Immunodefeciency. That
means interacting physically with anyone could have deadly consequences for the
"It would risk her life,"
Kyra's father Kory Conrad said. "To have [her] in a school setting, that would
be hard for her immune system."
So Kyra spends almost all
of her time at home, where her family has to where masks when sick and shower
as soon as they get home. She has never seen another child her own age.
"She's never been able to
sing and dance in a classroom," said Lori Brown, a pre-K teacher at Danbury
Local Schools. "She's never been able to share a snack with someone else."
Last month, Kyra's father,
a teacher at Danbury, got the ball rolling on an out-of-the-box way to give
Kyra a social education.
Kyra uses an iPad and the FaceTime app. Her image is
projected on a Smart board, and a teacher's assistant can carry her around the
room to interact with the other students.
"Whether it be through a
physical sense of learning, while we're moving and dancing, they're looking at
the Smart board to make sure Kyra is a part of it as well," Brown said.
Her father said in only a
month, the experience has already changed Kyra's life.
"She's experiencing, she's
interacting with kids her own age," Conrad said. "This has improved the quality
of her life…This is something that has really opened up avenues."
Not only is the little
girl's life changing, but also the lives of the people she has connected with
"I realize that maybe we
all take things for granted," Brown said. "And that we should just take a
closer look, and appreciate everything that happens within a day in a
Click here for the full interview with Lori Brown of Danbury Local Schools
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