Rob Weidbush and Artic Storm

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Weidbush amd Artic Storm

Weidbush amd Artic Storm

If you live in or around the Ypsilanti area you have probably heard of Rob Weidbush and Artic Storm.  I met him when he volunteered at Erickson Elementary School.  His story is a fascinating one.  Mr. Weidbush was in a horrific car accident several years ago which left his neck broke in several places.  He has recovered significantly , but the injuries have left him in need of a service dog.

Artic Storm is a beautiful 140 pound white German shepherd service dog.  He has been trained to assist his owner .  He assist in getting Mr. Weidbush in and out of the bathtub.  He also assist him in getting up from a seated position.  Mr. Weidbush demonstrated for us the different skills Artic Storm has.  He dropped a butcher knife on the floor and Artic Storm picked it up by the handle and handed it to his owner.  He also dropped silverware on the floor and Artic Storm picked up each peach individually and gave it him.  See YouTube videos called Weidbush and Storm uploaded by Let’s Weigh In.  They two owner and dog are a delight to watch.

Mr. Weidbush has received national recognition (the President s Award) for volunteerism.  This man is inspiring.  After all he has gone through, he has not given on life.  We complain over small issues in our lives, not realizing some people truly have some hurdles to overcome.  Mr. Weidbush continues to volunteer in his community.  He is a very pleasant man to speak with and listen to.  He is genuine in wanting you to understand the purpose and importance of a service dog.

If you ever see a service animal with their owner dont pet them, they are working.  Children being children still had to pet Storm even after being told not too.  Storm and Mr. Weidbush didn’t seem to mind.    If you see Artic Storm, he may have on one of many costumes.  Storm has a costume he wears that carries medical supplies or a mobile difibulator. Storm will be dressed for any occasion.

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Erickson Elementary School

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Mr. Rose and some Erickson students

Mr. Rose and some Erickson students

Erickson Elementary School (Ypsilanti Community Schools in Mich.) has systematically restored my faith in the public school system. As a mother of 4 (four) adult children who went through the public school system, I watch the deterioration of the school system. Parent’s and educators alike seemed to no longer be engaged in what our children were learning. I was very active in my children’s education, at times sitting in the class rooms if my children had complaints, so I could make a determination of what the issue was. This dedication paid off.

Under the leadership of Principle, Aaron Rose, Erickson Elementary has set a new standard for excellence in education. I am a volunteer in Mrs. Jan Duncan, a second grade teachers class. I have watched how gentle, yet authoritative she is. She works diligently daily with the children, even giving those who need special attention what they need. Under Mrs. Duncan’s tutelage I have watched the growth of the children entrusted to her care. The school is doing their part in the education of the children that attend Erickson. They can’t do it alone. Parents have an important role to play. Parents must reinforce at home what the children are taught in school.

I have also watched the interaction between the staff. They are professional at all times. Everyone I come in contact with has a smile and they say good morning to you. As a volunteer I enjoy being a part of this excellence. The atmosphere at Erickson Elementary is warm and inviting for staff, parents, children and volunteers.

Next Thursday, January 30, 2014 I will post a statement from Principle, Aaron Rose about his vision for the school.