Is Boosterthon All-Inclusive? What About Special Needs Students?
One of the top reasons schools enjoy the Boosterthon is the fact that it’s “all-inclusive”—inviting all students to participate. But is it really all-inclusive? What about children with special needs? Can they still enjoy the Boosterthon Fun Run event?
I spoke with Brenda Page, a Boosterthon parent, who was a little apprehensive about her special needs son participating in our program at Little River Elementary in Woodstock, GA.
Brenda’s 10-year-old son, Christopher, was born with Down Syndrome. He also suffers from a heart murmur and low muscle tone, so you can understand why she was uneasy with our fitness-based fundraiser.
She just could not picture her son running laps like all of the other students. And even if Christopher did participate, there was no way he could complete the goal of 30 laps around the Boosterthon Speedway. She wondered if Boosterthon would even be prepared to accommodate students with special needs.
But putting her concerns aside, she decided to make up her mind after witnessing the Fun Run event for herself. And this is what she experienced:
“Was I ever in for an amazing shock! Christopher and all of his buddies with special needs, even some in wheelchairs, were having the time of their lives!” she said. “I received amazing joy watching them all have a blast running, playing, and enjoying the party-like atmosphere.”
And Christopher hit the lap goal, running 30 laps with a smile on his face the entire time. He has the shirt to prove it.
Brenda said that not only was the Boosterthon Fun Run a fun fitness activity for Christopher and his friends, but the money raised through Boosterthon provided special needs resources for his class that had been overlooked due to budget cuts.
Little River Elem was able to purchase a class “therapeutic” swing, which helps calm and soothe students who become over stimulated and struggle to cope with their current environment. Plus, they were able to purchase new teaching materials that are not covered by government funds.
With her initial questions behind her, Ms. Page says she is proud to fully embrace the Boosterthon program and support Christopher and his classmates!
We’re so proud of all our students. Meet another outstanding Boosterthon student, Dominic, who ran 14 laps despite having a rare genetic disorder, Hunter’s Syndrome.
Way to go, Dominic!