Wheel-A-Thon Returns to Friendship School
A favorite among staff, students, and volunteers, the Wheel-A-Thon is back in person at Friendship School.
The event, in which students are pushed in their wheelchairs in laps around campus, has been a yearly occurrence for more than 10 years. After a two-year hiatus, the smiles were back, the music was loud, and the cheers from volunteers, staff, and parents were even louder.
“We’re back and in person!” said Principal Rachel Page. “The students are so excited about this event. They have been talking about this in their classrooms, designing some team uniforms, helping choose songs and activities. Our families have come together and the kids are just so excited.”
The Wheel-A-Thon is a fundraising event for the school. Flat donations are accepted rather than an amount per lap, and items like t-shirts and canvas bags are being sold to raise funds for the school.
Most of the school’s 37 enrolled students participated in the event. More than 30 parents and volunteers from the San Diego County Office of Education, in addition to school staff, helped make the day special for the students.
“I love the Wheel-A-Thon. I think it’s a great chance for our families and the community to come together and really see the students that we support, “ said Maria Patino, student assistant. “And it’s really fun for the students to get out and get that break, listen to music, enjoy some time in the sun, and feel the breeze.”
Friendship School provides specialized instruction for students ages 3 to 22 who are medically fragile with multiple disabilities. If you would like to support the school in its fundraising efforts, please contact them at 858-298-2213 to learn more.
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