Grant Supports Ride-On Cars for Students with Limited Mobility

Mar 01, 2022

Go Baby Go DonationThe Dallas Cowboys and Texas Lottery recently presented a $30,000 check to support STEM education and adaptive programming through Frisco ISD’s GO BABY GO initiative. The grant will be managed by the Frisco Education Foundation and split across a two-year agreement that will fund approximately 40 GO BABY GO ride-on cars for students with limited mobility.

The GO BABY GO (GBG) movement began at the University of Delaware with a mission to focus on mobility as a human right. Modified ride-on cars provide social mobility experiences and offer students with mobility issues independence and self-expression.

Frisco ISD’s GBG program began in 2016 when District Physical Therapist Jennifer Cox and Active Learning Classroom teacher Lindsay Brittain learned of the University of Delaware effort and attended a workshop. Using funds gifted to them by the Frisco Education Foundation, the two obtained a car for a student at the FISD Early Childhood School, modified the electric vehicle and witnessed the tremendous impact it had on the student’s growth and development.

“This project gives students the ability to move independently, many for the first time in their lives,” Brittain said. “But more than that, it gives them a sense of purpose, freedom and joy.”

Now, under the direction of instructor Kelly Tungett, high school engineering students at the Frisco ISD Career and Technical Center help modify GBG cars utilizing 3D printing and other industrial products. Since its inception, the program has gifted more than 30 cars to deserving students across the District.

Teachers and staff loan the GBG cars out to new drivers for use at home and school until they outgrow the vehicle. The new influx of cars will allow the program to expand and allow students to check the cars out for home use during the summer months, as well as allowing access to cars for other students whose mobility challenges may also cause need for independence.

“We are grateful for the support of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Lottery and can’t wait to see the impact this grant will have on both our youngest learners and the future engineers of Frisco,” Cox said. “The possibilities are endless.”


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