While a disabled fourth-grader attended a holiday party at school, someone stole the computer that lets him participate in regular classroom work.
The $3,500 Macintosh PowerBook laptop computer, with special keyboard, has helped Andy Lutzenhiser develop increasing independence.
Its disappearance from Crestwood Elementary School on Friday was devastating.
“I felt like I was going to cry,” said Andy, 10, after he discovered the theft.
Andy, who uses a wheelchair, has a condition called ataxia telangiectasia, a disorder that destroys sheaths covering the nerves. The special keyboard on the portable computer helps Andy compensate for a loss of motor skills.
Principal Terry Cheshire has asked that the computer be returned - no questions asked - to the Kent School District administrative offices.
He also offered a $100 reward for information leading to the recovery of the computer.