Hagemann students learn about challenges faced by others

Hagemann students learn about challenges faced by others
Posted on 01/31/2020
Hagemann Abilities Awareness DayHagemann Elementary School students learned about some of the challenges faced by their peers at the second annual Abilities Awareness Day.

The schoolwide event was organized by school nurse Amy Heidotten. Outside agencies and parents were invited to present to students in different areas. For example, students learned about the role of a therapy dog. Staff from Lifebridge Partnership, an organization that helps people with disabilities develop skills for independence, worked with different grade levels to help students understand how others may feel when discriminated against.

Some teachers in the school also modified their lessons to fit the day's theme. In P.E., students were tasked with navigating the school in a wheelchair and working their way through an obstacle course while blindfolded.

“The goal is to raise awareness, understanding, appreciation, acceptance and patience with either the kids in the building or kids that they may meet in the community,” Heidotten said. Watch the video to see some of the activities from Abilities Awareness Day.

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