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72788Re: [Z_Scale] Play Trains at a Special School

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  • John D. Duino
    May 6, 2013
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      That is fantastic! Great job and way to brighten (even more) lives!

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      Friends,
      I had a very rewarding time today.
      I have put together a small ,3 module-1 man, traveling layout so I may go to schools and senior nursing homes, with just my Mini-Van and me,just like Thomas Cipelle and Gayle do in the Cleveland area.
      I spent about 7 hours at The Lane School in a Houston area school district. There are 85 Special students at this school ranging in age from 3 to 22.
      Many of them are severely physically impaired and have other limitations. However the plain and simple joy they expressed when each class or group was brought into the classroom throughout the day with the "Old Train Guy" waiting for them with those small and colorful little Choo-Choos was immensely satisfying to me.
      A large segment of them were in wheel chairs so my lower table top layout worked wonderfully well.
      I've always talked about playing to my main audience of Munchkins at regular shows but seeing these beautiful children enjoying my model trains was a trump card.
      I also have added a new group to my Pantheon of Heroes. These are the giving, generous of their emotions, highly committed and selfless staff people at the school. It is my pleasure to know them. They have invited me back next year so this fall I will try to come up with something new or different for them. 
      Judi's good friend Connie Young  ( Assistant School Principle )got this ball rolling and I especially want to thank her for doing so.
      Cordially,
      Mister Dave

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