Celebrating Education:Sidney Lanier
Today the students at Sidney Lanier had a lot to cheer about, it's their annual "Wellness Day" and their certificates represent their commitment to good health. Collectively they walked more than 9,000 miles, throughout the school year. And along side them their teachers, administrators and staff got healthy too.
Assistant Principal, Sharon Miller says," it's and integral part of kids education to make them aware of all the things they can do to improve their health."
Instruction is also focused on academics, like reading, as well as more practical skills. According to Principal, Cathy Costello, teaching includes,"...home living skills, we want them to learn to have job skills."
They even learn civics. Costello adds, "lessons on voter registration, and we take them to vote."
Students are challenged by down syndrome, severe autism, cerebral palsy and other mental/physical limitations, and while they may be different in some ways, they really are just like everyone else.
Music teacher, Dr. Donald Devito has been at the school for 5 years, he says his student's abilities have finally caught up with their passion to play.
Last week they competed in their first national competition. At Sidney Lanier the strengths and spirit of the students is a lesson from which all can learn.
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