The Encinitas Union School District (PreK-6th grade Special Education Program) honored its student athletes July 26 at Flora Vista Elementary School as they participated in the Extended School Year Summer Olympics. The event included a parade of athletes displaying their classroom banner, followed by sporting events and a medals ceremony. La Costa Canyon High School cheerleaders performed for the students and helped with the activities.
The program includes children with a range of abilities and each activity is designed to accommodate all levels of needs. The program consists of nine classrooms serving approximately 100 students from all nine schools within the district.
This is the 20th year that this event has been held as a culmination of the Extended School Year program. The theme this year was “We Are One World” and the students all created art and projects around this theme. The Olympics program was the vision of Lori Miller, one of the district’s Adaptive Physical Education teachers who passed away seven years ago from cancer — this legacy event has continued to thrive in her honor.
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