MEDWAY — Superintendent Armand Pires is pleased to announce that Medway Public Schools students competed in Special Olympics activities recently.
Throughout the month of April, 20 Medway Public Schools students of all ages — from elementary to high school — took part in the virtual Special Olympics. Throughout May and June, athletes who participated received medals, provided by Special Olympics of Massachusetts, for their hard work and accomplishments.
Students were able to choose from a number of activities and participate while at school or at home. The activities included the 50/100 meter dash, jumping, volleying with a tennis racquet or paddle, throwing or hitting a baseball and strength exercises. Medway’s Special Olympics coordinator Jessica Bartha gathered clips of the students completing the various activities and compiled them into a video.
Medway Public Schools usually participates in the five-town Special Olympics alongside Ashland, Holliston, Millis and Medfield. Normally, students from each school would take a bus to the hosting school. There, local first responders hold a parade for the students and an opening ceremony takes place before students rotate through 10 activity stations. They also do arts and crafts, and are provided snacks and lunch. Over 100 students usually attend the five-town Special Olympics.
Typically, students age eight and over are able to participate. Due to the different format, there were no age restrictions this year and Medway students of all ages were able to participate and receive medals for their efforts.
“Congratulations to all of our Special Olympics athletes,” Bartha said. “It was great to see the videos of the students having fun and participating in the activities. Our students always look forward to this event, so being able to hold it this year, even if it was a bit different, was exciting. Our thanks to Special Olympics of Massachusetts for their continued support of our students, and we’re looking forward to hopefully being able to host the usual five-town Special Olympics with our neighboring districts once again next year.”