Paige’s service-learning project

January 30, 2010 paigewalters
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A service learning project that I have participated in has been with the Special Olympics held here in Statesboro just about two years ago.  The Special Olympics were so rewarding and meaningful to me because I was formerly an Early Childhood Education major as well as a Special Education minor.  The Special Olympics was one of the best experiences of my life for many reasons but most importantly because it allows you to be thankful for things we take for granted each and every day.

The people that participate in the Special Olympics are of all sizes, shapes, race, gender, and they all have different illnesses to different degrees.  While these people have been affected by illnesses that alter their minds and thoughts, they still have the most positive outlook on life of anyone that I have ever seen or met.  They are loving and care about each other.  They help their friends and have extremely positive attitudes. 

The people that participate in the Special Olympics have people around them that care so much about them to help them better themselves.  We sometimes take for granted having our parents around and always there for us.  We also take for granted having good health.  The people in the Special Olympics are not in excellent health in terms of their minds and sometimes their bodies.  I never catch myself being thankful for being able to walk.  Such simple pleasures that we can forget are such a blessing and we forget that some do not have these priveledges.

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