Students show skills at Adapted PE day

May 5, 2008 1:12:42 PM PDT
Approximately 160 Spring ISD students with special needs and 130 teachers, assistants, and volunteers participated in the Adapted Physical Education field day held in April at Salyers Elementary School. The field day was open to students who attend community-based and structured learning classes at 19 elementary schools in the district. This was the seventh year for the annual event that features a variety of activities that allow students to demonstrate in a non-competitive way the skills they have worked on throughout the year.

Groups of students moved through four different zones during the day. Old favorites that are especially popular with the students were brought back for another year. Soak City featured water activities, the Boardwalk provided a moonwalk, art and face painting, and Toon Town offered cartoon-themed games and activities.

This year's new addition, a take-off on American Idol, was a big hit with students who danced to soulful sounds under laser lights and disco balls. Other activities at this zone included dance mats, thunder sticks, ribbon wands and inflatable musical instruments. The event ended with a friendly Tug of War competition that involved both students and teachers.

Adapted PE teachers who organized the field day are Curtis Alford, Frances Banks, David Feliciano, Elisha Knight, and Laurie Sutton. They were assisted by special services staff members, PTO members, students from Lone Star College Montgomery Campus, students from Carl Wunsche Sr. High School's Texas Association of Future Educators, and Tier Four students from Salyers. Spring High School art students designed the field day signs.

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