Skype Helps Injured Student Keep Up In Class


After an accident that knocked one fourth grader off course, with the help of her school she’s now finding a way to get back on.

Over Christmas break, fourth grader Paiten Lewis was involved in an unfortunate sledding accident.

An accident that may have left her with a broken her leg, but hardly broke her spirit.

“Me and my dad were just going sledding, and then I got to the bottom of the hill and I stood up and another, older boy accidentally ran into me,” Lewis said.

An accident that would end up leaving Lewis with a broken leg and unable to attend school for some time.

News that shook her teachers and her fellow classmates.

“We kept her in prayers, in our prayers all the time,” Megan Benson said.

And those prayers were certainly answered when the school came up with the idea to have Paiten call into class via Skype.

“We came together to figure out what would be the best way to serve Paiten and keep her caught up with her friends and when she’d come back, a smooth transition,” St. Michael School Principal Lisa Huemoeller said.

Even though she can’t be there physically, Paiten says things haven’t changed much in the ways of a typical day of class.

“It is a little different but it is kind of like being in school, like normally,” Lewis said.

Paiten joins the class four times a week. They’ll usually have her sit in when they’re learning new or challenging materials…

“If I need to know the lesson they’ll have me Skype, but if it’s something they think I don’t need to hear a lesson for then I don’t need to Skype them,” Lewis said.

And if Paiten has proved anything through this difficult time, it’s that she’s always up for a challenge.

“I think her resiliency through her whole endeavor, through her physical limitation of getting hurt has really shown me that she is willing to do whatever it takes to stay on track with school,” Teacher Sheila Diercks said.

“She’s just been very nice and caring for me, and I’m very thankful to have a teacher like her,” Lewis said.

Doctor’s say Paiten is to try returning to school next week. Beginning with half days and slowly working her way back into the routine.

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