Friday, April 11, 2014

Possibly the best Field Day ever

A few weeks ago, I received a flyer about Brayden's first field trip.  Adapted PE Field Day.  Then I found out I was able to go with Brayden's class...and wow, I am glad I did.

The 3 buses for the five kids in Brayden's class (one kiddo could not make it), only two spaces for wheelchairs on accessible buses thus 3 buses, and we arrived at Heritage High School.  We unloaded the bus and entered the school with other special-ed classes from around Leesburg (elementary - high school special-ed).

The kids entered the school.  Immediately we could see this day was going to be something special.  The hallways were lined with the high school students who started to clap and cheer for the kids arriving.  High fives and cheers galore for the kids coming to the Adapted Field Day.  A true roar of excitement.

It was absolutely precious.  I burst into tears and knew that I was making that terrible ugly face when trying to hold in the tears.  I was just overwhelmed with it...this was for our kids.  I was overwhelmed with why it was for our kids.  I just wanted to high five and hug every single person there but not wanting to look to crazy I just stuck with Brayden.

The kids were each assigned coaches and were given Field Day t-shirts!  The coaches had their own shirts with "Coach" on the back.  We met Brayden's coaches and off we went to play games.

The coaches showed no fear or nervousness about any of the children.  In fact, they were completely at ease and ready to have a good time.  Willing to try just about anything to make their day special...even with those (Brayden) who did not speak or offer much feedback on their own.  Brayden played lots of games.  He was up for everything his coaches tried with him.
Luke asked if Brayden won the tennis match...he did because his opponent fell asleep in her wheelchair.
Lots of games that many types of abilities could still participate in.  All very well thought out games and opportunities for fun.  Carnival games, sports, even dancing.  And some (Brayden's class) needed a little stimulation break...or a power nap so we headed outside for some photo ops.
Game time finished and the dance party started.  Coaches and the kids showing their moves with the Cha Cha slide and more.  Those in wheels where pushed around for their dancing.  The Heritage High School Mascot even made an appearance.
Brayden with his coaches
But wait, the special day was still not done.  There was an award ceremony.  Each school was called up to the front for each child to get a medal.  Lots of clapping , cheering and Heritage HS staff to encourage them as well. 
And a pizza party for everyone (or time to attached those feeding pumps).
Absolutely wonderful experience for kids that may not have many opportunities for such fun.  The staff at Heritage staff and high school volunteers were thoughtful and intentional to make this day what it was...amazing.


Unknown said...

This warms my heart. I worked with special needs for 16 years when I lived in Arkansas. I have been in Texas for 15 years now and in public school. Our kids do the same thing here - and it is planned for May 16 - Challenge Day - Rodeo Round Up. The kids love it.

Anonymous said...

what a beautiful day! not only did brayden get to particiapte in something wonderful, but i'm betting there's quite a few high school students who have been touched by brayden's sweet personality, learned more than they could in any classroom and moved beyond belief! way to go!

Anonymous said...

I was one of the coaches with Brayden (the one with the tattoos), and i just wanted to say i had an amazing time with him and i miss the little guy already. It touched my heart every time i saw a smile on his face, and it made me very happy knowing i could help him have a great day. I wish i could gave spent more time with him and i hated seeing you guys leave, but i will always remember you guys and the great day i had with Brayden!
Sincerely, Josh Tanner

The VW's said...

This is so touching! Sounds like a great day, for all involved!