Saturday, June 8, 2013

Young Athletes Festival

HMS 8th grade students did an outstanding job partnering with the Maine Special Olympics to host the first ever Young Athletes Festival at HMS on Friday, 5/31! Meredith Hawkins, a freshman at Yarmouth High School, brought this idea forward during her 7th grade year, as part of her persuasive essay on "Banning the R Word".

During this event 8th grade students worked with children ages 2 through 8, at a variety of stations designed to support the skills necessary for these students to participate in the Special Olympics. Our 8th graders coached, played, encouraged, and cheered for our guests, to ensure that each one of them had a thoroughly enjoyable time!

Thanks to our 8th grade students and teachers for all they did to make this a memorable day for these children. Special thanks to Meredith Hawkins, Mr. Hagerty, and Mr. Corey for their commitment to making this happen at HMS. 

Our sincere gratitude to Lisa Bird, and Mark Capano for their guidance, support, and the tireless effort they put in to all they do!

Please click on the link below to view a beautiful video documenting this event by 8th grader Clare Walsh.

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