Mrs. Ricketts’s class, Mrs. Jones’s class, and two other students went to Johnston County’s Special Olympics on Friday, April 24 at Smithfield-Selma High School. The morning began with an impressive send off from the Clayton Middle family, which included posters, clapping, and shout outs for the students as they left the school parking lot.
Special Olympics are a healthy competition and self-development opportunity for students with special needs. Every student that participated enjoyed the events they participated in as well as the cool weather that we had. Each student that attended the event smiled while they were there. Most of the students that went to Special Olympics do not get many opportunities to be positively influenced by their peers, so they enjoyed their time with the provided chaperones from various high schools within the county. We greatly appreciated the assistance we had from our volunteers and all of our parents that came to see their child participate in the events. The afternoon concluded with the Clayton Middle family showing their support from the sidewalk and walkways clapping and cheering with posters in hand welcoming the students back to school.