When students design a fishing pole for a paralyzed principal, there is a lot of innovation and dedication at work.
Mosinee Middle School students are developing an adaptive fishing pole for a former principal of the high school who was paralyzed when he fell from a ladder. The students in the gifted and talented math class have been collaborating with students from Northcentral Technical College for almost a year to build the fishing pole. Several Mosinee High School graduates are also part of the project. They expect to complete the work by the end of May.
Since Jim DeBroux lost the use of his arms and legs, he has not been able to cast a fishing line. He was the popular principal of Mosinee High School for over 20 years. His paralysis following his injury falling off a ladder in 2009 forced him to leave the job he loved.
However, DeBroux vowed to remain a teacher, even through difficulties in recovery and adjustment. Students wanted to help him return to one of his favorite pastimes, fishing. The efforts of the team could help quadriplegics everywhere.
“The whole process has been life-changing,” said Karlie Bonnell, one of the nine GT students. “We were just so excited that eventually this would come along and that we would change something for (DeBroux). He could finally have those days where he could go fishing again.”