Hemma is Giving Back and Keeping Kids Safe

A school for students with learning difficulties is getting the gift of safety thanks to 11 Alive and Hemma Concrete.

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A school for students with learning difficulties is getting the gift of safety thanks to 11 Alive and Hemma Concrete.

At Porter Academy in Roswell, the path to the monkey bars is a landmine. Any youngster would have a hard time dealing with the potholes and puddles scattered over a parking lot of loose gravel. For the students at Porter Academy, the challenges start long before they begin their daily stroll through the hazards on their way to the playground.

"Many of them have balance and coordination issues," said Barbara Richard. The challenges include Asperger's Syndrome and mild Autism. For Cathey Camacho's 13-year-old, a walk on level ground can be tough. He has fallen more than once in the loose gravel parking lot. "Sometimes his left and right side doesn't work together, so he'll stumble," said Camacho. "One time he fell and hurt his hip, so we ended up at the doctor over it."

Tired of seeing her students struggle, Porter Academy's Barbara Richard reached out to 11Alive and Commuter Dude in hopes of getting a lead on someone who might provide discounted services to nonprofits. The school is small, and so is its budget. Commuter Dude's brother-in-law, Reg Cook, is the co-owner of Hemma Concrete, Inc. in Marietta, GA.

Reg didn't hesitate when asked if he would perform a random act of kindness to help Porter Academy. "We're going to build a new sidewalk," said Cook. Cook and Hemma have constructed a concrete walkway to guide students around the hazards. This was an opportunity to pay back something to the community and we were so glad to be a part of it all.

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