Villanova host ‘Day of Champions’

By Joel Charron

There was no shortage of spirit Thursday morning as special education students around Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board took part in the fourth annual elementary Day of Champions.

Held in the Villanova gymnasium, roughly 80 students from Grade 6-8 with physical or developmental disabilities took part in a day of “crazy Olympic” fun.

Karen Kessler, a special education co-coordinator with the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board said that the students would eventually be part of the school boards Life Skills program when they reach the secondary level.

Mackenzie Cardona is all smiles as Villanova prinicpal Pat Hickson places a medal around her neck

“We’ve invited students from all Catholic elementary schools to take part in a day of fun and laughter,” said Kessler.

Teams were based on what high school the student will mostly likely attend. The theme for this year’s Day of Champions was ‘We are all champions ion God’s eyes.”

Team Villanova was comprised of students from St. Joseph School, St. Bernard School, St Theresa School and Stella Maris School.

“We run them through eight different event,” said Kessler.

Support staff and Learning Support Services teachers accompanied the students. Members if the University of Windsor Lancers football team were also on hand to help demonstrate the games

The event was designed to promote a sense of community among elementary students, teachers and volunteers from the Life Skills programs in the Catholic high schools.

“It’s all about celebrating abilities and having them participate in a day that is totally accessible and where everyone is accepted,” said Kessler.

Representatives and volunteers from the school boards 24 elementary schools took part in the Day of Champions.

“This is much fun for the kids,” said Steve Taylor. “It’s rewarding watching the kids and seeing them enjoy themselves on a day like today. It’s all about them.”

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