(from the Exceptional Children Services Department) - With all of the budget shortfalls that our schools have been experiencing we thought we would share some good news. This past year, Penny Davis and Cotie McMahon, the Adapted Physical Education Specialists, teamed up with Achilles Kids to promote lifelong fitness with their students. In doing so they had over 100 students with all types of disabilities participate in a run, walk, or roll program that was integrated into their Adapted Physical Education classes. These students were from CBTU (3 classes), Hillside Middle School (3 classes), Highland High (1 class), East High (2 classes), Meadowlark Elementary (2 classes), and West High School (1 class). Over the course of the year the students were challenged to complete a total of 26.2 miles. Each student who completed this goal was awarded a brand new pair of Nike running shoes. The shoes perhaps are better than a trophy because the students can wear them all the time and explain how they were won. This accomplishment is also a life lesson encouraging fitness, achievement and increasing one’s level of aspiration. These students are now inspired to ask themselves, “If I can run 26.2 miles, what else can I do?”
This year 106 kids completed their marathon and received a new pair of shoes. We are proud to share that 106 pairs of Nike running shoes were earned and donated for a total donation of over $6,000.00.