As a student attending Dayton Public School Valerie Elementary, Eric Pierce has already begun putting his talents and creativity to use at a young age. Inspired by the need to assist his grandparents, Eric ended up creating three award winning inventions:  the Chandelier Bulb Changer, a Salt & Pepper Passer, and the Yoke Hassock Footwarmer. Eric’s hard work and innovation even landed him a spot on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, as a featured guest to showcase his Salt & Pepper invention. This young man is successfully carrying the creative torch that has helped light Dayton’s innovative history.