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From: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 4:26 PM -0500
Subject:Abilities Sport Expo at BPDS
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Ms. Preston's Grade 3 class at Bruce Peninsula District School in Lion's Head recently spent a Friday afternoon hosting their Abilities Sport Expo as a way to show others that sports can be made to be more inclusive with a few simple adaptations.  During the month of December, the class learned about the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 10: "Reduce inequality within and among countries."  The students planned the Abilities Sport Expo to include sports, such as goal ball, mini sticks hockey, stacking cups, bocce ball, bowling, sledge hockey, and an electric wheelchair hockey demo.  There was also a video of paralympic games.  Students in Grades K-8 took part in the activities with the Grade 3 students each leading a sport.  Dr. Jeff Preston, a Bluewater District School Board graduate, joined the expo and spoke to the whole school (K-12) about his experience growing up in Port Elgin with congenital muscular dystrophy.  He is currently a professor of disability studies at King's University (Western) in London.  His message focused on how everyone has different abilities, and how we need to create a world that is inclusive of all.

Image of students playing with ball in the hallway Image of student in classroom during stacking cups activity
Image of students blindfolded with ball Image of students playing with ball in the gym
Image of students in classroomImage of students playing with beach ball in the gym
Image of student engaged in hockey activity in the gymImage of student proudly displaying yellow ball
Image of students playing mini sticks hockey in the gymImage of winter paralympics poster created by students
Image of wheelchair hockey poster created by studentsImage of summer paralympics poster created by students
Image of students in classroom activityImage of students blindfolded for ball activity