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Reynolds Holds First District Special Olympics
Reynolds Holds First District Special Olympics
Posted on 05/18/2022
Students and staff did not let the rain ruin this year's Special Olympics at A.C. Reynolds High School (ACRHS). Participants showed up from Haw Creek Elementary, Charles C. Bell Elementary, Oakley Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Cane Creek Middle, A.C. Reynolds Middle, and ACRHS. The football stadium was filled with smiling faces as this was the first Special Olympics since 2019. ACRHS Principal Doris Sellers couldn’t wait to give the students this opportunity.By: Breanna Hensley
BCS Communications Dept.

Students and staff did not let the rain ruin this year's Special Olympics at A.C. Reynolds High School (ACRHS). Participants showed up from Haw Creek Elementary, Charles C. Bell Elementary, Oakley Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Cane Creek Middle, A.C. Reynolds Middle, and ACRHS. The football stadium was filled with smiling faces as this was the first Special Olympics since 2019. ACRHS Principal Doris Sellers couldn’t wait to give the students this opportunity.

“The Reynolds District teachers created a plan to do this for our Reynolds district Special Olympians,” she said. “Our students look forward to this event every year, and we did not want a year to go without these athletes coming together in competition with love shown to them by the community.”

That love was the main ingredient in making the event happen. Love for the students, sports, schools, community, and the event itself shined through on the cloudy day. It took staff days to prepare for the event, which turned out to be a success.

Students and staff did not let the rain ruin this year's Special Olympics at A.C. Reynolds High School (ACRHS). Participants showed up from Haw Creek Elementary, Charles C. Bell Elementary, Oakley Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Cane Creek Middle, A.C. Reynolds Middle, and ACRHS. The football stadium was filled with smiling faces as this was the first Special Olympics since 2019. ACRHS Principal Doris Sellers couldn’t wait to give the students this opportunity.“Excitement built up all week long with the Special Olympic athletes and their buddies,” explained Ms. Sellers. “I was proud to see the schools come together with buses full of students eager and ready to have fun. The Opening Ceremony and competition was truly a special moment.”

Staff from each school worked together in order to make the Reynolds Special Olympics one to remember. Ms. Sellers said this wouldn’t have been possible without the help of an amazing team of people.

“I give full credit to our staff for making this event happen,” Ms. Sellers said. “When each district was asked by the North Carolina Special Olympics committee to recognize their own athletes, Ms. Jessica Dotson and Ms. Jennie Wiseman, along with our other Exceptional Children's teachers began planning. We are thankful to the Reynolds Fire Department, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department, Pepsi, and Chick-Fil-A for helping us as well. Their love for the students is what made the day worthwhile.”

    Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin, shanon.martin@bcsemail.org, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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