MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

May 10, 2013

Thank you - 05.11.13

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— THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS finals are happening in Stillwater this week. The Hilldale group left yesterday morning at 8 a.m. Since I have a child who was going, I went to see that he got away OK. As a grandmother I was also wanted to make sure he was OK about going once it came right down to it.

As we waited for the bus to get to the waiting area, I was pleasantly surprised when the red activity bus pulled up. These athletes were going in style on the cool activity bus. The students were putting the standard items on the bus and acting as students do when they are excited about something. I was watching them play around when I looked towards the school to see students pouring out of the doors. We had been told some of the kids were coming out to send our students off.

I was amazed to see the band, cheerleaders, teachers, and coaches all there to send our athletes off. The band was playing, cheerleaders cheering and students yelling good luck words and good-natured kidding at the athletes. As the students were ready to enter the bus, the cheerleaders gathered as they do for other athletes and the students got to run under the arch that had been formed for them. By this time it was hard to control my emotions as each of these students just want to be accepted.

This picture will forever be with me as each of the athletes were grinning ear to ear. They will probably remember the departing scenario much longer than perhaps the Special Olympic games themselves. I would just like to thank you each for the send-off that was prepared for them.

I am proud to be associated with a school that tries so hard to see each child as a person and someone with feelings. If you were there yesterday you would see that Hilldale is definitely a school to be proud of. Thank you to the superintendent, teachers, students and others who participated in the send-off.

Cindy O’Keefe

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