This year I was able to attend Allie's second Special Olympics Bowling event. It was a special community event. Special Education students from 8 years old through high school were brought to Oak Mountain Lanes to compete amongst each other. The event kicked off with some cheers from the cheerleading squad and one of Allie's classmates, Noah, sang the National Anthem. It was so refreshing to see so many people in attendance cheering each other on. I especially enjoyed that the Alabaster and Pelham police officers were also there. Not only resource officers, but police chiefs as well. Our kids really do get the full support of the community and it is wonderful.
This year Allie won a 3rd place yellow ribbon which she wore proudly. She couldn't wait to get back to school to show it to her teachers Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Rush. Just like last year, I'm told that the students lined the hallways to cheer their special Olympics on the way out of school and as they returned. Next year I plan to be there for that event as I'm sure it is special.
Last year - February 2016 - Allie also had a wonderful time. She had just turned 8 a few months earlier and was able to attend her first Special Olympics event. She won a 2nd place ribbon and was as thrilled as she could be. I couldn't be there that day, but she got off the bus wearing her ribbon and was excited to tell me about the strikes she had gotten. I couldn't be more proud of her and of the school and school system and community that makes sure she succeeds.