Ryder Killam is a 5-year-old boy born with Spina Bifida Myelomeningocele, a birth defect that causes spinal cord development failure. Every morning Ryder’s parents push his wheelchair to the bus stop where they wait for his school bus. The problem is the weather and climatic situations.

There was only a patio umbrella as a bus shelter for Ryder. 

 

In extreme weather conditions like rain, snow, and wind, he’s suffering and most of the time during rain his body and clothes are turning wet. 

So Ryder was moving through a terrible situation. 

But now, that’s just a memory. 

 

After hearing this news, some local students from Western High School’s Construction and Technology class in Bradford, Rhode Island started their work to build a bus shelter, especially for Ryder. 

Students builds bus stop shelter for 5-year-old wheelchair user to protect him from the harsh weather
Students builds bus stop shelter for 5-year-old wheelchair user to protect him from the harsh weather

“We’ve done other projects before.I think it’s very important for my students to learn not only the aspects of construction but of being involved in the community dealing with people outside of the school environment,” Dan McKenna, the class teacher said.

They worked hard for three weeks to create the best shelter for Ryder. 

 

They received woods worth $300 from Home Depot and Ryder’s parents paid for the materials needed for the construction. 

“Ryder uses it every day before school and his nurses wait inside it every day while they await his return home. He does like to go hang out in it from time to time as his fort as well. This project brought out community together a bit, it showed that there is still so much good in this world and town!” said Tim, Ryder’s father

 

Now Ryder’s parents or anyone else can accompany him and comfortably fit inside the bus shelter. The shelter was made based on the Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA). 

 

“It was a learning stretch for me. I’ve never really done anything like that. I watched videos on how studs make things hollow. I didn’t really know too much about what I was doing,” said Mason Heald, senior student of the work. 

Students builds bus stop shelter for 5-year-old wheelchair user to protect him from the harsh weather
Ryder Killam with his father inside the New Bus shelter

“He loves it, he actually, after school, makes us stay out here and hang out now it’s his new fort so he gets home.

 The community, they’re incredible, they’ve come forward a couple of times for Ryder. It’s unreal how everyone comes together to make things work for everybody,” Tim said. 

 

Tim send a photo of Ryder enjoying his new sweet bus shelter to show their appreciation to the students and teachers who worked for the shelter.