WPI's Camp REACH Girls Dedicate Wellness Room for AIDS Patients

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

WORCESTER, Mass. - A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Wellness Room at AIDS Project Worcester (APW), designed by a team of junior engineers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Camp REACH 1998, will be held Tuesday, May 25, at 4 p.m. at APW, 85 Green St., Worcester. It's the fruition of work by a team of 10 local seventh-grade girls who developed plans to divide in half an existing room at APW and make it more sound resistant.

In the process, they consulted with WPI Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Peder Pedersen to learn about the propagation of sound. According to the girls' specifications, Phil Grzyb Builders of Princeton, Mass., erected a wall, with the girls helping to insulate and paint the new space. Chrys Demetry, co-founder of Camp REACH and WPI associate professor of mechanical engineering, coordinated the overall volunteer effort. The new brighter, more sound resistant room will benefit APW clients by providing quieter, more private space for such therapies as massage and meditation. Lee Evans, former technician in the WPI ECE Department, helped with electrical work, and Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science senior Andrea Martin of Sutton, Mass., and junior Ananda Leininger of Westminster, Mass., volunteered time and effort toward the project.

Karen Rubino, a science teacher at Worcester East Middle School, facilitated the team's work during last summer's two-week Camp REACH program. The following Camp Reach attendees completed this community-service project: Caitlin Coleman and Keona Gavin of Worcester; Holly Dame of Warren; Laurie Deitemeyer of West Boylston; Jessica DePalo and Allison Webbe of Westboro; Christina Kach of Dudley; Alissa Paquette of Leominster; Jessica Piedrafite of Ashburnham; and Allison Winacoo of Holden.

Camp REACH (which stands for Reinventing Engineering And Creating New Horizons) is a two-week residential program for Worcester County girls who are entering seventh grade. It aims to develop and nurture an interest in engineering and technology. For more information, contact Demetry at 508-831-5195.