Lending a helping hand

Antioch Girl Scout Emily Vazquez, 14, helps Nathan Chuey, 12, also of Antioch, above right, decorate a wall at Special Haven in Antioch on Sunday. Several Girl Scouts from Antioch Troop 31066 helped special-needs children and family members decorate the wall outside the multisensory room with their handprints using colors from the center's logo. The room -- the only one of its kind in Contra Costa County -- was built to block out noise, control space, temperature and lighting, all of which have been shown to help with autism, brain injury, challenging behaviors, dementia, developmental disabilities, mental illness and other problems. The Scouts completed the community service project to help earn their Silver Award.




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