PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - It was a special day at Delisle Elementary School. A large group of fifth graders have been studying the Rio Olympics as well as the Paralympics.
With that knowledge as their background, this group of students created their own mini Special Olympics. Those Olympics were held this morning in the school's gym.
With guidance from their able-bodied comrades, five special education students took part in activities ranging from kickball, to hockey, Frisbee tossing, and even basketball.
All of the students seemed to have a wonderful time. The able-bodied students said it gave them a chance to grow and know what it feels like to be a bit different. They also said deep down inside, we're all the same.
The parent of one of the challenged students said the event was heartwarming. Seeing the smile on her child's face was incredible.
This was the first year the special mini Olympics was held at the school. Students as well as their teachers hope to make it an annual event.
Doug Walker covered the Olympics. Watch for the story later today on WLOX News Now and on WLOX.com.