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By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - As a parent, you're probably familiar with kids bringing home school projects for you to help with, but in this week's "Be There" News Leader Nine's Taylor Barnhill shows us how one family went above and beyond a simple assignment.

Most of our "Be There" stories come from parent or school submissions, but this one, News Leader Nine stumbled upon during a work day. We saw a group of people in the cemetery, taking part in a pretend funeral and we soon discovered it was all part of a big teachable moment.

Most kids don't want to spend their weekends in a cemetery, but Columbus High School senior, Robert Walton had a good reason for being there.

"Everybody has to do a senior project. Robert didn't choose a simple one. He chose a movie/musical that he's been working on for over a year. He's done location shooting, it's cost a fortune. His dad and I are the executive producers, but his dream is to be a movie director so this was a natural thing for him to select this," said Robert's mother Mitzi Oxford.

His parents say that although the bills are racking up for the school project, they don't mind the cost, "The fact that Robert is adorable amputee and almost died when he was five years old. I'm happy to spend the money because this is a miracle he's here today. So to be able to fulfill his dreams as a film-maker, that means the world to me."

Robert has gotten his friends and community members to help him in his venture to make movie magic.

Oxford explained, "The story of this movie is a young woman with an incurable disease and she passes away. The name of the movie is "For Good". It's about all the people's lives she touched."

And Robert plans to touch the lives of others during the production and showing of his film.

"I think a lot of people are touched by Robert's personal story and they've really worked together to help him fulfill his dreams," his mother added.

Robert Walton already presented a ten minute version of his movie to teachers at Columbus High School, but his project doesn't end there. He is determined to finish the entire film and enter it to win a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design.


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