Though spastic cerebral palsy makes running a major challenge for Matt, he opts to run in the Field Day at Colonial Hills Elementary School. Part way through the first lap, he loses steam. His gym teacher and best friend, Mr. Blaine, comes up to offer encouragement and stays with him through the rest of the race.
That would already be touching, but his fellow students do the same. First one, then a small group, then the whole gang of students surround him. They chant, “Letís go, Matt, letís go.” They clap. They cheer, and together they encourage him across the finish line.
When Matt ends the 400-meter race, his classmates give him high-fives, lots of hugs and heaps of love.
Colonial Hills Elementary School in Worthington, Ohio, has a mission to “enable all students to become ethical, productive citizens who are challenged to reach their potential through a partnership of families, staff and our diverse community.”
On the day of this race, they achieved their mission.
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