The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


October 29, 2013

No Limits: Creekside student defies expectations



Devin is so popular, his grandmother insisted on setting up a Facebook account for people to stay in touch with him and celebrate his successes.

Howell said her family feels all of Devin’s needs are being met at Creekside Elementary and Peaches & Cream Daycare, where he spends his summers. She also sang the praises of Creekside aide Jennifer Persall, who escorts Devin around campus every day and even helped him get on the AB honor roll.

“Jennifer has been there from day one,” she said. “He’s come so far because of her.”

And Devin’s friends know what he likes most.

“His classmates are always sending him letters in his backpack,” she said. “It’s always something to do with Roll Tide.”

Howell said she never has to pry Devin out of bed to get dressed for school, because he’s always ready to get on the bus. He has art and P.E. classes, and his studies are the same as other children in his grade with the only exception being Devin needs a communication device to answer his homework questions.

“They don’t treat him any different, and I think I like that the most,” Howell said.

What’s next for Devin is impossible for anyone to predict, but his mom said she’s praying and waiting for him to walk unassisted and begin talking.

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