Banyan Elementary Celebrates Abilities Awareness Week
Celebrating differences, kindness, and acceptance is at the heart of Banyan Elementary School’s Abilities Awareness Week. Taking place from January 24th through January 31st, this annual, weeklong program gives students at every grade level a hands on experience in what it would be like to have disabilities, or different abilities.
During Banyan’s Abilities Awareness Week students participate in five hands-on stations. These stations explore the areas of: Communications, Fine Motor Skills, Dyslexia, Mobility, and a Kindness Pledge. Each station is comprised of a unique activity. For example, at the Fine Motor Skills station students attempt to place Fruit Loops onto a pipe cleaner while wearing socks on their hands. Meanwhile at the Mobility station students attempt various maneuvers while wearing leg braces, and using wheelchairs.
Each station is led by a volunteer – and throughout the week more than 100 volunteer time slots are filled by parents, guardians, and grandparents of Banyan students – a truly remarkable partnership for the benefit of Banyan’s students.
Through this special week of activities, Banyan students garner a better understanding of the unique challenges, and obstacles that some of their peers overcome on a daily basis. Empathy and a reinvigorated energy to spread kindness are also key takeaways.
Banyan’s Abilities Awareness Week also includes a schoolwide kick off assembly, and a closing assembly with inspirational guests, performances, and even therapy animals in the form of miniature horses.
Way to go Banyan Bobcats!