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A day of fun on the field at Louisa County Middle School

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

During their own field day activities, students were able to participate in games, have their faces painted and enjoy a cookout lunch. Photo by Chan Powell.

During their own field day activities, students were able to participate in games, have their faces painted and enjoy a cookout lunch. Photo by Chan Powell.

The wild, wild, west never looked as fun as it did on Thursday, May 22.

Special Education teachers at Louisa County Middle School organized a “Cowboys and Indians” themed field day for their sixth through ninth grade students that featured everything from trail rides to teepees.

And yes, quite a few smiles, too.

“You saw it on their faces,” LCMS physical education teacher Terry Marks said. “It went better than I could have imagined.”

Though LCMS holds field days annually, special education students are usually limited in their involvement. Earlier in the school year, Marks presented to faculty members the idea of having an alternative field day for intellectually disabled students and received unanimous support.

“She came to me with the idea and I said, ‘Yes, let’s do it,’” special education teacher Jordan Goodwin said. “Everyone has been really on board with it.”

“I thought we should have a field day, but make it kookier,” Marks said. “It needed to have a theme. It took off from there!”

Approximately 30 students gathered at The Jungle on Thursday and participated in a variety of energetic and inclusive games. The imaginations of the students also got a workout as well, as golf carts became horse carriages and mops turned into makeshift ponies.

To read the entire story, see the May 29 edition of The Central Virginian.