Bulldog Games a big hit with NL students
Bulldog Stadium was full of rock stars as part of a program tailored to the special needs students in the school district.
A total of 49 student athletes from the Northern Lehigh School District and Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit participated in the second annual Bulldog Games.
They were joined by 60 high school volunteers who assisted with the event held Wednesday by the Northern Lehigh Special Education Department.
Michele Dotta, director of special education, Northern Lehigh School District, said the bubble catch, softball throw, bean bag toss, long jump and 50-yard dash were among the events.
“I just think it’s a wonderful collaboration of their differences,” Dotta said.
Allyson DeHart, TOSA/Ed Consultant, Special Education Department, Transition Coordinator, Northern Lehigh School District, echoed Dotta’s sentiments.
“Just to see they’re excited, it’s the best,” DeHart said.
Dotta noted they did a parade at all the buildings in the district to send them out.
She then thanked the school board, superintendent, special education department, district employees, food services, maintenance, technology and transportation departments for their assistance with the program.
Alexus Corali, a fourth grade student at the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit, said she enjoyed the event a great deal.
“It’s fun here,” Alexis said. “I like the bean bags and hopping, running.”
Elsewhere, Jacob Pimentek, a first-grader at the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit, explained in one word what he enjoyed most at he Bubble Catch station.
“Bubbles,” Jacob said.
Kara Geesey, a second grade Life Skills student at Peters Elementary School, was all smiles after she had a giraffe hand-painted on her forehead.
“It makes me really, really, really happy,” Kara said.