RVCSD Hosts District-Wide Special Olympics

RVCSD Hosts District-Wide Special Olympics
Posted on 06/10/2022
RVCSD Special OlympicsThe Rondout Valley Central School District (RVCSD) came together on June 3 for its first-ever Special Olympics event. More than 60 students from each of the District’s five schools participated in the day’s festivities, which celebrated community, collaboration, and school spirit. 

The event kicked off with an opening ceremony and parade, which was supported by the New York State Troopers, Ulster County Sheriff, Accord Fire Department, and Kerhonkson Fire Department. Throughout the day, student athletes competed in a variety of track and field events ranging from metered dashes to long jumps and ball tosses. Participants were assisted by volunteers from the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society, as well as students from the Intermediate School and many staff members. 

The event was spearheaded by Rondout Valley District-Wide Physical Therapist Carlos Perez, who shared that it was a smashing success. “The student athletes lead our District by example and hard work,” he said. “The amazing weather along with all of our spectators including parents, students, and staff, created an electric atmosphere that was enjoyed by all. It was a truly memorable event.” Perez also shares that he is thankful to RVCSD Occupational Therapist Paul Scarpati for all of his support in the planning and execution of the event. 

Helping to make the Special Olympics a success was Infinite Care (Ten Broeck Center and Golden Hill) and Kiwanis Club of Kingston for donating snacks and water, Hudson Valley Impressions for contributing of shirts and ribbons, and Timely Signs for providing the medals. 

RVCSD Director of Pupil Personnel Services Megan Braren is proud of how the school community came together for this event. “It was an inspiring day at Rondout Valley,” she said. “Everyone–from the talented students to the devoted staff members–put forth a huge effort to make it a success. I am looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for the Special Olympics at Rondout Valley!”