LEROY — Students in the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership Transitions Program recently participated in the Special Olympics Regional Bowling Series event that was held at AMF Gates Lanes in Gates earlier this month.
During this two-day event, bowlers competed against students in their age bracket. Shanna O’Donovan, Special Education/Transition teacher noted.
“The students cheered each other on and met other students from different schools. Our students learned the importance of good sportsmanship, teamwork, and how to work together,” O’Donovan said.
Transitions students Miranda Higgins, Todd Claud, Gabriella Pratt, Olivia Bevacqua, Douglas Nickerson, Joe Caito, Kyah Huette and Elizabeth Rex participated in the Special Olympics Regional Bowling Series event. Douglas Nickerson earned a first-place award and Joe Caito received third place.
“I was so happy to earn first place. I never practiced,” Douglas said. “This was my first time going to a Special Olympics event. I learned a lot and it was so much fun,” Elizabeth said. Joe said, “This was my first-time bowling! I was very surprised that I won third place.”
The Special Olympics Bowling event allows for the use of bowling ball ramps by athletes who do not have the physical ability to roll a ball with their hand or hands. Additionally, Special Olympics allows bowlers who complete at least three frames and cannot continue to receive one-tenth of their average per remaining frames toward their event score.
The Transitions Program offers 12:1+1 (12 students, with one certified special education teacher and one teaching assistant) continuum of career awareness, exploration, preparation and work-based experiences to prepare students for entry-level employment.
The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership operates as a Board of Cooperative Educational Services offering shared programs and services to 22 component school districts located in Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston and Steuben counties in New York state.