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June 13

June 13, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager
531-MCC-2876, office
402-960-0697, cell
darayment@mccneb.edu
mccneb.edu

 

Boy Scouts modify toy cars at MCC, donate to disabled children 

OMAHA, Neb. — On Saturday, June 15 Rohan Fichadia and his peers from Boys Scout Troop 374 will modify ride-on toy cars for children with mobility challenges at the Metropolitan Community College Center for Advanced an Emerging Technology, located on the Fort Omaha Campus,32nd Street and Sorensen Parkway.

Power wheelchairs can cost thousands and are built for older individuals, leaving children with mobility challenges few options. Fichadia is working to achieve his Eagle rank through this community project and raised more than $2,000 to fund the toy cars, engineering parts and modification tools. To modify the cars, Fichadia and his fellow scouts will be working with a team of organizations. The organizations collaborating on this project include Go Baby Go, Assistology, LLC and Metropolitan Community College Workforce Innovation Division, which isa driver for collaborative partnerships among businesses, organizations and individuals across the community. Go Baby Go is a national non-profit program that trains volunteers how to modify the toy cars, which in turn provides children with mobility disabilities access to cognitive, social, motor and language development benefits.

The modified cars will be donated at the event to deserving families identified by United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska, a local nonprofit.

The schedule the day of the event will be as follows:

 

8:30 a.m. – Introductions, instructions and assignments
9:00 a.m. – Build Go Baby Go cars
Noon – Lunch break
1:00 p.m. – Presentation of Go Baby Go cars to families

 

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Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.