Paralyzed in a snowmobile accident a Chewelah middle school principal is working to get back into the classroom.
Jon Symonds is recovering at St. Lukes in Spokane. Friday evening he made a trip to West Valley High School to watch his exchange student play basketball and to see some of his students for the first time since his accident.
It's a game the Jenkins Middle School principal didn't want to miss. It was a chance to catch some action and catch-up with his own students.
"Getting better. Getting stronger," said Symonds. Who spoke with a group of students after the game.
For many this was the first time seeing their principle since he was paralyzed on Christmas Day.
"He's our principal and he knows all of us and he misses us and wants to be back to school as soon as possible," said seventh grader Brice Frederick.
He answered question about his new electric wheelchair and his blue brace he wears across his mid section.
"This just keeps me from doing anything I shouldn't do," said Symonds.
Of course many students wanted to know when Symonds would be back to school.