Students to showcase skills in Livonia's inaugural Dawg Days

May 15, 2019 06:45 AM

LIVONIA, N.Y. (WHEC) — Athletes of all abilities will be taking the field Wednesday, competing in an adaptive field day in Livonia.

The weather may not feel like the dog days of summer, but in Livonia, students are training for Dawg Days.


The inaugural event is similar to the Special Olympics, but it's the Livonia Central School District’s alternative. School officials wanted to have a smaller scale event in a more familiar location where students feel more comfortable and have less sensory overload.

“The kids can do track events, play water games," special education teacher Kimi Faulkenberry said. "There will be carnival games and sensory stations. The kids can get out, have some fun, and be part of the community."

On Tuesday, students were practicing in physical education class for the big day.

“I like to run and I’m so happy we’re doing it,” said sixth-grader Jessie Cratsley, who wants to win the first place medal.

Seventh-grader Cheyenne Offen said she’s never been able to compete in track and field before, thanking the school for putting on the event.

There are more than 40 student volunteers and a few dozen adult supporters who have all worked together to make Dawg Days a reality. Students in National Honor Society, on varsity sports teams, and in the school band will all participate.

Click here for more information on Dawg Day.


Stephanie Robusto

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