Abbott Accepts High School Student’s Challenge

Abbott Accepts High School Student’s Challenge

By Erin Cargile

The first day back to school after the holidays will go down in the history books at Austin High School. The campus is now the first in the Austin Independent School District with doors that open automatically thanks to one student’s big dream.

Back in October, senior Archer Hadley predicted he would be delivering a victory speech.

“It just takes an idea and the guts to strive for it,” Archer told a crowd of supporters on Monday. “And that’s what I encourage you to do today is strive for your ideas.”

They were motivational words the senior with cerebral palsey has put into action. He crushed his $40,000 goal and raised more than $87,000 in two months to install automatic handicap push button door openers at five doors on campus. Archer’s mother, Barbara, says cash is still coming in.

“We just got a $500 check the day before yesterday,” said Barbara.

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