Paralympic School Day

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Sponsored by:

Higher Ground

Project Champion:

Elyse Smidinger
elyse@highergroundusa.org

What are the appropriate grade levels?

7-12

Is there a limit to the number of participants?

7-12 students

The theme for this project is:

Adaptive Sports, Athletics, Disabilities, Equality

Is there a deadline for this project?

Spring 2020

Higher Ground’s Paralympic School Day helps to maximize students’ awareness and understanding toward people with physical or cognitive disabilities. Students participating in this Wow Project will work alongside Higher Ground staff to plan and execute the day’s activities with various classrooms.
Each Paralympic School Day Experience is based on a 5 hour schedule. Activities for the day include: a Paralympian?s personal story, physical activities- sitting volleyball, an adaptive equipment obstacle course/scavenger hunt, use of blindfolds and goggles to simulate visual impairments, as well as all students collaboratively creating an art project to reflect on their feelings and experiences throughout the day’s activities.
Wow participants will work alongside Higher Ground staff to increase other students’ knowledge and awareness of Paralympic sports, create a better understanding of inclusion in physical education and activity in school, facilitate a change in perspective and attitude toward individuals with disabilities, and develop ideas with students about increasing opportunities for all people with disabilities.

After a four week program students will help the Higher Ground Staff lead the Paralympic School Day for 5th grade at one or more of the schools in Blaine County.

Ideally, students in this project will meet once a week for an hour to an hour and a half for four weeks in April. The Paralympic School Day would happen in May. Potential PSD dates include May 13, May 20, and possibly more if requested by more schools.