Special Kid Field Day, is a very special day when SUSD self-contained students with special needs in kindergarten through eighth grade come together to attend an event built to support their specific individualized needs. Special Kid Field Day takes place at a local park, using the park and recreation facilities. There are over thirty stations with modified activities, facilitated by high school student volunteers (including but not limited to student council members, student leadership, cheerleaders, athletic teams, etc.), also community members including, Scottsdale Police Department (i.e. mounted police, K-9 unit, motorcycles, etc.), fire department, local sports mascots (i.e. Big Red from Cardinals, Suns' Gorilla, Baxter from the Arizona Diamondbacks, etc.), the Shriners, therapy and service dogs, and much more. The event addresses each students, social, emotional, sensory regulation, gross motor, fine motor, communication, math reasoning, ELA, science, and social studies goals and standards. The event takes place for two to three hours.
Special Kid Field Day is truly a life-changing event for so many students and provides them an opportunity to be successful and experience so many amazing achievements that they otherwise might miss out on. Unfortunately, so many times people with special needs feel isolated and separated, and this is their chance to be able to be fully integrated leaders and productive members of a cohesive team. Frequently, this is the highlight of, not only the students' year, but the special education staff's as well.
For this outstanding event to take place, we are in need of having 70-80 typical high school students to assist in running the different station and mentoring the different students with special needs. We are reaching out to all the high schools to seek the outstanding student leaders and different groups to assist in our wonderful day. These students can be from different backgrounds (i.e. the band, color guard, student council, national honor society, etc.).
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