WATERLOO (KWWL) Cynthia "Cindy" Mayer has to work harder than most to get in and out of her car and into buildings. Mayer was born with a disability and began using a wheelchair about four years ago.
As a Prime Time volunteer for Waterloo Community Schools, Mayer visits Kittrell Elementary at least twice a week to work with students.
Mayer said the old school wasn't very handicap accessible. Largely because of too many stairs.
"Spent a lot of time in the teachers' lounge and then also out at a little table in front of the principal's office because that was on the main floor and the kids mostly came to me then," said Mayer.
"With Cindy it's going to provide her a nice way of getting around the building. No stairs, she doesn't have to be right in the entryway with students. She can go to the shared spaces and go to where students have their classes," said Principal Audrey Wallican-Green.
On the outside, the new school has more handicap parking spots, a ramp to get on the sidewalk and push button doors.
On the inside....
"It's so handicap accessible. I'm really pleased with how it's layed out and its access in the restroom, all the classrooms. The halls are extremely wide. It's going to be so much nicer this year."
Cynthia Mayer hopes to volunteer more this year because of the ease of getting in and out of the school.
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