CHICAGO (CBS) — A group of kids from the southwest suburbs had hoped to learn it would be named one of the winners in Verizon’s Innovative App Challenge for junior high and high school students.
A school from Kentucky beat out the kids from St. Catherine of Alexandria School in Oak Lawn, who designed the Remember Me app, to help those with Alzheimer’s Disease.
The app would store pictures and profiles of people an Alzheimer’s patient knows, creating a scrapbook of sorts to jog his or her fading memory.
The app was proposed by seven 6th grade girls at St Cahterine. Twelve-year old Annie Gainer came up with the idea, thinking about her 82-year old grandfather who has Alzheimer’s.
“My grandpa has a scrapbook we made for him with pictures of his grandkids, and our aunts and uncles,” she said. We kind of just took that idea and went with it.”