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We Choose To Include This Great Video

Jeff Staw has strong Westport ties.

He grew up here, then returned with his wife Amy in 2009. She was a TV producer, working with non-profits including Save the Children (when its offices were here), and Special Olympics.

The Staws moved to Colorado in 2016 (but come back every summer). Amy now works at her children’s elementary school, as an education assistant for students with severe special needs.

When teachers planned an Inclusion Week, they asked Amy to put her production expertise to good use.

The result — shot on an iPhone — is tremendous.

Sandy Staw notes proudly that her grandchildren are in the video. David talks about being left out (he’s the one with fish pictures in the background), while Juliet says she chooses to include “because everyone needs someone to play with.”

So far, the video has been seen only by the Staws’ Colorado school community. But “06880” readers in their former home town will appreciate it — and its message — too.

Amy and Jeff Staw, with David and Juliet.