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Special Olympics comes to CHS

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Classmates cheerfor the Special Olympians Wednesday as they parade onto the Connesville High School football field to begin the games.
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Special Olympians participate in the 100-yard dash.
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Connersville High School studentsserved as bumpers fora bowling ball to help keep it on course. Bowling was one of seven stations set up for the Special Olympics games.
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Students hit plastic balls off of cones for the T-ball game.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

Fayette County School Corporation hosted the Special Olympics Wednesday at Connersville High School football field. 

“We’ve (the FCSC) participated in the Special Olympics before, but we’ve just never had it here,” Kim Corsaro, assistant superintendent of learning, said. “This is just a great opportunity for these kids to participate in activities that they can show case their talent.”

Special Olympics provides training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Several CHS students volunteered to help the athletes, Corsaro said. 

“I’m going to college to be a special needs teacher, so I really love working with kids,” Hollie Slagle, a CHS senior, said. “The best part is getting to know everyone’s personality.”

“It’s also a great way to get kids outside and be active,” Kenzy Lynch, a senior, said.

Meagan Gillman, special education director for FCSC, spearheaded the event.

“This is great for the kids and the community, and allows for exposure and union,” Gillman said.

Volunteer high school students staffed each of seven games set up on the CHS track. All of the Special Olympians received a participation ribbon. 

In a vote, one Special Olympians team chose the Bubble Popping game as the best. 

“Running to pop the bubbles was the best,” Brandon Hope from Centerville-Abington Schools team said. “Everyone should pop bubbles because it makes people happy.”