The Southern Standard, by Charles W. Johnson —
Each year teams participating in the Lego League program are issued a challenge, generally something that will benefit the team’s community in some way.
When Warren County’s Limits Busters Lego League team members were issued their challenge this year, they set out to find something that would make a real difference to one segment of local citizens, and with a little advice from friend Bobby Redmon, they succeeded in a big way.
According to team coaches Karen Spivey and Susan Marttala, the boys took their challenge to heart.
“Their challenge this year was to find a place in the community that had issues with regard to handicap accessibility,” Marttala said. “So they chose the post office.”
The team then visited the facility with a friend in a wheelchair, which was Redmon.
“And he gave them the idea that it would be nice to have phone access,” Marttala said.
Of course, the next step was to approach the phone company for their assistance.
“So they talked to Ben Lomand,” Marttala said, “and Ben Lomand generously agreed to put the phone in.”
The phone has been set up in the side parking lot of the main post office and is easily accessible from a wheelchair. Ben Lomand’s Denice Reynolds, who was there along with the Limits Busters team and postmaster Charles Bogle, to see the phone become operational, said the company was glad to cooperate in a project of this sort.
“Ben Lomand thinks it’s wonderful,” Reynolds said. “The Lego League group called us and we tried to work within what they were trying to accomplish with their goals as far as their project.”
In fact, Ben Lomand donated the phone and set it up for free.
The Limits Busters Lego League team is made up of five boys, Connor Godshall, Hamilton Spivey, Will Marttala, Bryce Caten and Grant Seaborne. Spivey put the team’s project into perspective, noting how important handicap accessibility is for a community.
“They have a disability,” Hamilton said, “disabling them from doing what other people can do. So to make it better for them we helped to get this phone installed.”