Atlanta, Georgia 2022-05-27 11:56:20 –
For the first time since the pandemic began, the Atlanta Public School hosted its annual Special Olympics at Lakewood Stadium.
The Atlanta Public School (APS) began hosting the Special Olympics in 1981 as a way to engage and connect with special education students from across the district.
The competition ranged from a 50-meter dash to a wheelchair race.
Joletta Kelly, a health and swimming teacher at King Junior High School, held a softball throwing contest.
In previous softball throwing events, students usually had three opportunities to throw the ball as much as possible and rank it based on distance and grade level, but Kelly said this time he wouldn’t maintain his score. rice field.
“I haven’t been here for a few years this year, so I want my kids to come out and get together and enjoy fellowship like this,” Kelly said.
More than 300 students from 45 schools gathered at Lakewood Stadium to participate in the friendly match.
“This is the best activity for them,” said Dr. Shy Menina, a speech therapist at Frederick Douglas High School. “They have been training for this moment.”
Menina said she was excited to be there to support her while she was practicing some of what she had learned this year.
As a speech therapist, Menina told Atlanta Voice She strives to incorporate into the curriculum a vocabulary that is consistent with what students are learning in adaptive physical education classes.
“They can take over their vocabulary skills with family and friends,” she said.
Charlotte Sanford and Veronica Kirk are both Special Education Teachers at the Hollis Innovation Academy. Kirk talked about how whole-body movement and rhythm can help some students learn. For others, this event was an opportunity for them to connect with other children and the APS community.
Sanford and Kirk, the chief special education teachers in middle school and elementary school, said they love the APS Special Olympics because they have the opportunity to see the students who went on to high school.
This article is one of a series of articles created by Atlanta Voice through the support provided by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to WordInBlack, a collaboration of 10 black-owned media across the country.
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