Robot Helps Long Island Student With Leukemia Attend Classes

Sophia Hall
November 20, 2019 - 2:02 pm
High School Robot Student

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MANHASSET (WCBS 880) — A Long Island high school student with leukemia is once again able to attend classes thanks to the help of a robot.

It’s a bit of an odd sight, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports, a moving tripod with a screen attached to the top of it is the way high school senior William Reccoppa attends classes.

“He literally travels through the hallways, he brings himself into class,” said St. Mary’s High School principal Gerard Buckley.

Last May, the high school senior was diagnosed with leukemia, and because of his ongoing treatment, he has not been able to physically attend classes.

However, the school in Manhasset recently received a $6,000 donation from The Monti Foundation, which allowed them to purchase the robot that Reccoppa uses to finish his education.

“Regardless of how much homework he gets sent home, being able to participate in class, asking questions, answering questions is always easier than any other option,” Buckley said.

Reccoppa maneuvers the robot remotely and his twin sister, Maria, attends many of the same classes and is able to supervise the machinery.

“It's really nice to have him back, it's nice to talk to him,” she said.

Reccoppa hopes to physically be back in school in January.