Frenship ISD hosts Adaptive Field Day for students with disabili

Frenship ISD hosts Adaptive Field Day for students with disabilities

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Nearly 400 special education students from more than 12 districts across the South Plains took part in the Region 17 Adaptive Field Day.

Hosted by Frenship ISD, the activities and games provided are all adapted and modified to fit the needs of these students.

"It's fun because I get to participate and see everybody from different schools that I don't get to see every single day," Erika Haggard, a Frenship student, said.

Aaron Tomlinson, an adapted PE teacher at Frenship High School, said this is the third year the school has hosted the field day, and it impacts these students ins several ways.

"We have lots of kids that have disabilities that can't participate in regular activities such as football and basketball and track and athletics, and so this is a chance for them to come out and feel like they belong," Tomlinson said.

Nearly 200 volunteers and teachers were helping students, as they made their way through 21 different modified stations or relays.

"We have events from the 50-yard dash to the javelin throw, parachutes, and we have so many different events that our adaptive PE teachers have creatively come up with and found great ways to adapt and modify," Jill Jaquess, the director of special education at Frenship ISD, said.

Seeing the smiles and cheers of these students, and the adults is what makes this day special, Jaquess said. The ultimate goal of the event is to help show kids what they can do, and to help them feel included.


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