VARDEN - The excitement that had been building through Western Wayne’s elementary schools, middle school, and high school could be felt by all working with this year’s student participants in the 12th Annual Track and Field Area P Special Olympics that took place on May 9 at Delaware Valley High School stadium.

“It’s the day they look forward to all year,” Elizabeth Bellush-Moore, Western Wayne special education teacher, said. “The event is so special because it is all about them.”

Bellush-Moore described how her middle school students worked to prepare for the Special Olympics event in which they had the opportunity to spend the day in friendly competition with their peers from other local school districts.

“We would practice the different running events so the students would know where to start and stop,” Bellush-Moore explained.  “We would also practice for the softball events.”

The Special Olympians competed in running events, such as the 50M walk, 100M dash, the 400M dash, and the mile run.  They also competed in high jump, long jump, shot put, and softball throw.
Students from Western Wayne’s Robert D. Wilson Elementary School, Evergreen Elementary School, Middle School, and High School participated and brought home several gold medals and many silver and bronze.

“One of the most rewarding parts for me as an educator is seeing the success and progress the students make from year to year,” Bellush-Moore said.

All involved look forward to returning to participate next year.