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 Wheel-a-Thon a Rolling Success

Friendship School staff members, family members, and other volunteers wheeled a whopping 76 miles in April during the school’s sixth annual Wheel-a-Thon at the Imperial Beach campus.

The San Diego County Office of Education's Friendship School serves students who have multiple severe disabilities with health impairments. The Wheel-a-Thon is the school’s annual fundraiser, during which participants walk as many laps as they can in an hour while pushing students in their wheelchairs. This year, the school is raising money to buy adaptive tricycles for students.

Parents, community volunteers, and Friendship School employees helped push the students around the campus. This year had the most volunteers ever.

“The Wheel-a-Thon helps our children to be outside and to participate in something they can’t really do by themselves,” said David Meling, whose 11-year-old son, David, has attended Friendship School since age 3. “And it’s a nice workout for the kids and parents.”

The students clearly enjoyed the activity, which is full of positive reinforcement and encouragement.

Other schools have fundraisers, and Principal Diana Lynn said she thought it was important for the nearly 50 students at Friendship School to be able to participate in one as well.

“I love that we’re able to get so many community volunteers and parents involved,” said Speech Therapist Allison Janusziewicz, who helped organize the event. “I love that our kids get to experience something that they have in every school. It’s something that our kids look forward to. All of our kids were super excited this morning.”

If you missed the Wheel-a-Thon, it’s not too late to help. To make a donation, contact Friendship School at 619-628-5645 or 601 Elm Ave., Imperial Beach, CA 91932.