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Film will allow youngster to attend school

August 30, 2010
A donation will allow a student at Russell Elementary School to join the rest of his peers, giving him a chance for a normal education. Shelly Darts said her son, Jastin, has an allergy to sunlight so workers are placing a film on windows at the school to keep out ultraviolet rays. She said 99 percent of the rays will be blocked. Dr. Norbert Kennerknecht, director of buildings and grounds for the school district, said estimates for the project came back as high as $6,800. Dave Ulisse of Architectural Window Concepts in Export, Pa., does business with the district, Kennerknecht said, and felt touched by the story. He said the contractor decided to perform the work for free. “This is out of the ordinary,” Kennerknecht said. “He doesn’t worry about the almighty dollar like so many.” Ulisse could not be reached for comment Wednesday. The film will cover windows in Jastin’s classroom, Darts said, as well as the cafeteria and gymnasium just as they do at the windows of his home. Without the protection, she said he could not attend school. Due to concerns about traveling from the bus to the school, Darts said her son will still wear protective clothing. Still, she said he can avoid a home-school education. “The district was easy to work with,” Darts said. “They met any needs we had.” Her son has expressed excitement to start kindergarten, Darts said, as his sister also attends the school. Like other students, she said he also feels nervous. Until the summer months end, Darts said Jastin will have to limit his participation in physical education as students usually go outside for the class. Otherwise, she said he will experience normal school days.


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