Special Education & Life Skills teacher, Stacey McGowan spends all year working on social skills and training students in the online setting. Next week, for the 11th year in a row, PA Virtual Students will compete in the Montgomery County Special Olympics held at Souderton HS.
Cyber education in Pennsylvania tends to attract a high percentage of special needs students due to the opportunity and flexibility families can have with their education in their own homes. Oftentimes, cyber charter schools are also able to accommodate the needs of the student with added care and individualized learning curriculum.
At traditional brick and mortar schools, teams take special education classes together during the school year. However for the PA Virtual students, many of them will be meeting for the first time on Monday. The opportunity to bring students from a virtual setting together is truly unique to cyber learning. “It is really the highlight of the year for me as the coach and teacher and for the students as well,” McGowan says.
The mission of Special Olympics PA: Provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Each region or county has a chapter that organizes events in the area.
In the area? Come out and cheer on your friends from PA Virtual and all of the participating athletes! Opening Ceremonies start at 9 AM and events will take place throughout the morning. Closing Ceremonies will take place after all of the events have ended, which is usually around 12:30 PM.
May 16, 2015
Opening Ceremonies: 9 AM
OClosing Ceremonies: Upon the conclusion of all events, around 12:30 PM
Souderton Area High School – S.A.H.S. Stadium
625 Lower Rd, Souderton, PA 18964 Google Map
Overflow parking is available at Indian Valley Middle School