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GREENFIELD — It’s hard to imagine being enthused about doing a load of laundry.

But 6-year-old DeWayne Perron is all smiles as he lifts towels and blankets from the dryer in the Life Skills Apartment at Greenfield Intermediate School and places them into a basket.

The apartment, shared by special education classes at the conjoined intermediate school and Harris Elementary School, provides students with the opportunity to learn practical household skills such as doing laundry and preparing meals.

The meal-making, however, has been somewhat on hold for the past few years. Though the apartment is equipped with a stove, it takes 45 minutes to boil water, and the oven is off by 100 degrees. As for the dining room table, it doesn’t have enough chairs for everyone, and several of the chairs have wheels, which can cause a distraction and be unsafe for children with physical disabilities.

With that in mind, it didn’t take special education teacher Rebecca Cattell long to decide what to put on her wish list for the Greenfield Central School Foundation’s new Wish Upon a Star program.

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