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April's Wednesday's Child

By: Leslie Barrett Email
By: Leslie Barrett Email

This talented 14-year-old is creating a tool kit for a bright future.

"We built it (the computer) from the monitor up where the hard drive is. We had to put that in and that part, the keyboard. It was kind of hard."

Patrick built this computer through a Mission West Virginia program called the "Build It Keep It Share It (BIKISI) Program which receives grant funding for foster youth to learn how to build their own computers that they get to keep. Even after building the computer, Patrick has taught himself how to build a lot more.

We met at Wendy's and he showed me a model that he created on his computer of the group home where he lives.

"This is the back stairs and this is my window," he said.

He found this free program on Google to be able to build these structures.

Someday he hopes to become an architect but he is open to other opportunities.

That's my favorite one (drawing)- it looks like a lot of dragon flies!

This eighth grader is a gifted artist.

Patrick said "Well it takes my mind off of things too when I draw and the other reason I like to draw is because it's something to do."

Taking his mind off the tough times he's already had to go through in his life.

What this 14-year-old wants and needs is to be part of a family.

"Like an active family going camping and fishing, like hunting and stuff," he said.

A family to share his magic with. He has learned many magic card tricks which enjoys doing in his free time.

Now he's just waiting for a forever family to see the joy he could bring into their home and into their hearts.

For more information on Patrick log onto www.adoptawvchild.org or call 1-866-CALL-MWV.

In Ohio, you can contact your county children's services office.

The number in Washington County is 740-373-3485.


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