My name is Elisha Stone. I am the special education teacher at Margaret Daniel Primary School (K-1st) in Ashdown, Arkansas. I would like to share our World CP Day story with you. I was asked by the parent of my student (age 6) with Cerebral Palsy (CP) if we could do something for the first World CP Day. Our principal and I thought it would be a unique opportunity to educate the students about cerebral palsy to promote better understanding of their classmate.
I put together a short PowerPoint presentation which was shown in our entire General Education classroom on World CP Day. The students were also given the opportunity to color a green ribbon to show support for their classmate. The response was incredible! Our entire school, staff included, participated! By lunch time there were a lot of green ribbons lining our hallway, which was great but not nearly as great as all the students saying "Hi" to my student with CP in the lunchroom. I could overhear some of the students talking about him and how "cool" and "smart" he is. As I walked him to his wheelchair from his lunch table I heard one student tell another "Look, he really can walk! His teacher just has to help him a little." It made me happy to see the other students take an interest and try to understand him. He was so excited by all the high fives and hellos he was receiving from his classmates! It truly was his day! Thank you for letting me share our story!
Margaret Daniel Primary
1323 Foster Ashdown, AR 71822
UCP of Arkansas is honored that Elisha Stone, Connor Wilson, and his family shared their story with us. The participation from the school was amazing, and we stand in awe at their show of support in such a wonderful campaign. Elisha, Connor, and his family are an inspiration to us all and we hope that this story will rally other schools and students around the state of Arkansas to participate in their very own celebration of World CP Day to foster understanding and awareness for individuals with disabilities.
A special thank you to Elisha, Connor, his family, and the students and staff at Margaret Daniel Primary!
If you would like more information on starting a World CP Day Campaign in your school or if you have a World CP Day story you would like to tell, please contact Tiffany McFadden-Kidd at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-228-3838, or Wendy Stark at email@example.com or 501-228-3825.
The next World CP Day is September 3, 2013.
It was a great second year for United Cerebral Palsy’s “Race for Independence”. There were over 250 participants at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade on Saturday, March 17th for the 5K, chip timed race and the ½ K walk and roll for people of all abilities. The race raised more than $17,000 for United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas’ Northwest Region. UCP’s mission is to help individuals with disabilities and their families experience a “Life Without Limits” as they try to maximize independence for all they serve.
Jack Ford, Chair of the race and father of a child with Cerebral Palsy, stated, “The kids who are at the race today put so much effort into doing the simple things we take for granted like walking.” Many kids with Cerebral Palsy participated in the ½ K walk and roll. They rode adaptive bikes, many were in wheelchairs or strollers and several crossed the finish line walking.
The 2012 UCP Golf Challenge was held on Friday, May 18th at Paradise Valley Golf & Athletic Club in Fayetteville. Thanks to all of our sponsors, participants, and volunteers for their support and generosity in helping us to raise more than $10,000 for UCP of Northwest Arkansas!
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