An idea that originated in a computer lab at North Heights Junior High School in Texarkana, Ark., helped a blind woman in a nursing home enjoy Christmas a little bit more.

Junior-high students Lori Hensley and Angelina Leonesio developed the idea in the school's Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) lab. In the lab program, students work out concepts for service projects on their computer screens and then apply them to real-world situations and people, said Michael Vincent, EAST lab teacher at North Heights.

The term "spatial technology" refers to the function of any number of different hardware and software tools that help


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