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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – For Deacon Billings, it’s the last week of school; but the first day with his new hand.

Deacon’s parents, Katlyn and Dustin, said he was born without a hand and has grown up adapting to his circumstances.

Deacon’s new plastic hand was fashioned just down the hall. It was created on a 3D printer by Staunton High School students Jaden Riley and Nicholas Weber.

The plans for the new hand were downloaded to a computer, where a plastic filament was heated into shape.

A prosthetic limb can cost $30,000 to $40,000; but these Staunton Bulldogs did this for under $100.