NORWALK, Conn. -- The Naramake Family Resource Center Summer Camp celebrated new friendships this summer at its first annual Field Day.
In partnership with the special education students at Norwalk High School’s Extended School Year Program, young students put on their red, white and blue and came together for outdoor games, music and dancing.
“I liked meeting new friends and seeing that they weren’t any different from us. They just wanted to have fun, too,” said a participant at the camp.
The camp included a positive youth development curriculum that emphasized leadership, respect, kindness and cooperation.
One unit included disability awareness, where participants completed activities to help them understand what it might be like to have a hearing impairment, communication disorder or other learning challenge.
Their final project was the Field Day.
“Field Day was a fun opportunity to serve members of the community and allowed our students to practice becoming capable and compassionate leaders," said Jennie Swenson, who worked on the positive youth development curriculum.
"They came up with the games and worked together to think through the logistics of each station. They also practiced being sensitive to the needs of the special education students, and what kinds of activities they would enjoy," Swenson added. "Ultimately, we want to inspire them to be accepting of others, a friend to those in need and a positive influence in the lives of their peers."
Despite the heat, participants cheered each other on as they ran around bases during a T-ball game and raced around cones for an egg and spoon relay.
At the end, everyone came together to dance with homemade pompoms and to receive a medal.
To learn more about the Naramake Family Resource Center, visit www.naramakefrc.com or call (203) 899-2900 Ext. 123.
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