Local Elementary School Holds Field Day for Special Education Students

The bleachers were empty at Stratton Elementary today during the first annual Bulldog Invitational.

“We have the first Annual Bulldog Invitational. That is a Field Day for special needs children
for Raleigh county elementary age,” said Taffy Robertson a special educations teacher at Stratton.

5th graders helped with the event today and there were important lessons taught outside the classroom.

“I think it is wonderful. I think it gives them a good foundation for life. We want them to
celebrate differences and lots of times that is a lesson that is not taught,” said Taffy.

Today was about more than just fun and games though.

“Yeah we have some fire fighters up there just giving tours of the fire truck as well as the fire safety house teaching kids about fire prevention and what to do in case there is a fire
in their home or in their school,” said Lt. Chris Lanna of the Beckley Fire Department.

At the end of the day it does not matter who won each event. It only matters that each child
got their chance to be a star.

“This gives them a chance to shine and to be the star of the day,” said ms. Robertson.

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Jonathan Chance grew up in Birmingham, AL where he experienced many different types of weather. The storm that is remembered more than any other is the 2011 Super Outbreak. The tornadoes passed within 20 miles of his home and affected the lives of many people around him.