Taking on the Spartan Challenge 2018

Taking on the Spartan Challenge 2018
Posted on 06/08/2018
2018 Spartan Challenge.

With a clear blue sky as the backdrop, this year’s athletes proudly displayed their school’s banner as they made their way down the track at Flannery Field to open the 2018 Spartan Challenge. After the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” 29 students with special needs, representing kindergarten through 12th grade, were ready for competition. 

The athletic events held at Flannery Field and in the JSHS gym included the 40-meter dash, the 100-meter dash, the 400-meter dash, the long jump, and a so ball throw. An introduction to yoga was provided by Maggie Barnard from Building 7, and All Abilities Fitness of Exeter provided the athletes with the opportunity to try various pieces of athletic and adaptive equipment. 

“This day is easily one of my favorite days every year,” commented Director of Special Education Mrs. Jessica Lengle. “The excitement our student athletes exhibit and the presence of so many families, school board members, administrators, and staff makes the day just perfect. Our committee worked hard to plan this year’s event, and the time spent was well worth it.” 

Mrs. Jeanette Fotis’s son, Hank, is in the second grade. This is his third year participating in the Spartan Challenge. “He loves participating,” Mrs. Fotis says. “It gives him a huge sense of pride and a connection to his peers.” 

The athletes wore T-shirts that were donated by Pediatric Dentistry of Reading and designed by Assistant Principal, Dr. Robert Kucharczuk.  The planning committee spent hours organizing the Star Wars–themed event, ensuring that the day would be as inclusive as possible and would allow for opportunities for family members to interact with their children and school employees. 

As part of Wyomissing Area JSHS’s Best Buddy Club, eighth-grade students Kate Kotula and Alexandra Hill volunteered at the Spartan Challenge. The girls agreed that volunteering at the event is the highlight of their club experience. They especially loved working with the younger students. 

After the outdoor activities, everyone enjoyed a wonderful lunch that included doughnuts donated by Wyomissing Family Restaurant. An awards ceremony honoring everyone’s efforts wrapped up the day.