City Honors Local Student Improving Lives in the Community

City Honors Local Student Improving Lives in the Community

By Leah Mazzarelli, Communications and Media Relations Manager

 

 

 

ABILENE, Texas – Mayor Norm Archibald declared August 22, 2013 Emily Kimberlin Ramirez Day in honor of a local student dedicating her time to helping those in need. Sixteen-year-old Emily Kimberlin Ramirez was born with cerebral palsy. As an Abilene High School student she faced the challenge of opening the doors to the school independently. When funds were not available to install automatic doors at the school Emily, with the help of her mother, launched a fundraising campaign titled “Keep Calm, Install Handicap Doors”. {{more}} Local news media picked up on Emily’s story. Her campaign was aired on KTXS, KTAB and KRBC news, and was published in the Abilene Reporter News. With the help of the community the campaign has provided 10 automatic doors for Abilene High School and other AISD campuses. “As Mayor I am honored to recognize her for her action, determination and passion. She is truly an Abilene hero,” said Mayor Norm Archibald. For more information on the campaign, visit the Facebook page, “Keep Calm, Install Handicap Doors”.