RAHWAY—Rahway’s Olympic Day for Special Needs Children was held on Friday, May 29, at the Rahway Recreation Center. This annual event, which takes place thanks to the tireless efforts of Rahway High School special education teacher Patricia Williams, continues to be one of the “best kept secrets” about Rahway High School.
Olympic Day is designed for the special needs students who attend elementary schools in Rahway. It is a day filled with activities that allow these special athletes an opportunity to compete among peers and enjoy the thrill of victory. For many, it is their only involvement in sporting competition.
According to Williams, “This day is made possible only through the generosity of community organizations and businesses. Without their support, Olympic Day would not be a success.”
This year’s contributors included RSI, The Junior Service League of Rahway, Century 21 JRS Realty, Rahway Kiwanis Club, Pepsi-Cola, Caruso’s Sand Art, Verizon, United Water, TD Bank, Matt Glacken and the City of Rahway Recreation Center.
The Rahway Public Schools community also endeavors for the success of Olympic Day. The Blue-Tri Service Club and J-ROTC of Rahway High School and the Blue and White Service Club of Roosevelt School offer their support and involvement in the day. The day is also made possible by over 40 student volunteers from Rahway High School. These students serve as group leaders and “buddies” to the 75 athletes.
“Because of the fun and rewarding nature of the activities, both ‘Olympians’ and volunteers benefit from this day,” says Williams.
The support of Rahway Public Schools Superintendent Frank Buglione and Director of Special Services Larry Abramowitz are also essential ingredients to the success of Olympic Day.
Rahway High School seniors and Olympic Day volunteers Brittany Casares and Alex Nolan lead activity with elementary students. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)
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