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Madison Harbarth holds hands with a classmate during a recess at Franklin Grade School in Mankato, Minn., Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. The kindergarten student cannot walk because of a rare disorder than resulted in abnormal development of her spine. AP PHOTO/MANKATO FREE PRESS/PAT CHRISTMAN

What is WALDO?

Elementary School students at HFCS and members of the community are invited to take a walk in someone else’s shoes – or a ride in someone else’s wheelchair – at a special event on October 4, 2017:   “We All Learn Differently Olympics (WALDO).”  WALDO is an interactive program offering children and adults a chance to experience what it’s like to live with a disability. Elementary students will come to the high school gymnasium during the day and community members can attend from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Attendees will be able to visit a number of stations offering hands-on activities and information on different disabilities, the daily challenges that come along with them, and some of the therapies that are available to help. Students can try out activities that focus on physical, vision, and hearing impairments; learning disabilities; food allergies; and social and emotional challenges.

Special Visit from HFCS Graduate

A special highlight will be a visit from Connor McEvoy, a 2009 HFCS graduate with Down’s Syndrome, who will speak with students in grades 5-12 throughout the day. Connor participated in many plays and activities while a student at Hoosick Falls. He was, and remains, an advocate for himself and others with disabilities.

Save the Date

We hope you will join us on October 4, 2017, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.!