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Someone You Should Know: Kylie DeFord

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 Kylie Deford, a senior at Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School found a way to earn the highest achievement award as a Girl Scout.

She's done this by teaching theater classes to people with special needs. 

"And for this class we are putting on two plays that we have been practicing," DeFord said.

It started as a way for Kylie to earn her Gold Award through Girl Scouts, but it turned into much more than that.

"By the time I was done and turned in my paper to say 'hey, I'm done with this, can I get the Gold Award?' I was like, I don't even care if I get it or not anymore because I love my group," DeFord said. "They're so adorable and I love being around them."

She has been able to give people with special needs the opportunity to put on a show with help from her mom and the Playtime Poppy Organization.

"Everyone needs their own chance to try out something that they might enjoy," DeFord said.

DeFord said her inspiration to start theater classes earlier this year came from her uncle who has down syndrome.

"Its become so big in my life that in my mind, it's easier to understand that they're like any of us, it's easier to understand that than they're different," DeFord said. 

Even though she's the one doing the teaching, she said she has learned even more from her students. 

"As we've gone through the classes, this group has opened up more and more to a point where I can't even explain," DeFord said. "Every time I'm here, I'm just so happy."

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