Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Girl Scouts Redecorate Home of Men with Down Syndrome

UNION GROVE, Wis.- Rudy Garcia loves pencils. There's just something about them.

Garcia, who is 58, has Down syndrome and the mental age of a 3- to 5-year-old. He carries pencils with him all the time. He twirls them in his hand, taps them on nearby surfaces and sneaks them into his pockets.

So this weekend when a Waterford troop of high school-aged Girl Scouts performed a makeover of the home where Garcia lives, they made sure pencils were part of his bedroom design. The girls mounted a custom-made 6-foot tall pencil on one wall and arranged new packs of pencils on the bed.

When Garcia saw them Sunday during a makeover reveal, his face formed an "oh" of surprise, then a wide smile.

"Nice work," he told the girls, already ripping into the new pencil packages.

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