Raider Games is an exceptional event for exceptional students. Held Friday at Bennett C. Russell Stadium, home of Navarre High School’s football, soccer, and track and field teams, Raider Games isn’t about winning and losing. The games are about what games should be about – playing. (Photo: Peri Whitworth, 11, center, dances with West Navarre Intermediate teacher Stacey Oatman, the Raiders' mascot and cheerleaders.)
“I love the smiles,” said organizer Jessica Howie, an exceptional-student educator at West Navarre Primary School. “I like to see (the ESE students) being able to have fun.”
Several dozen students in kindergarten through eighth grades from schools in Navarre and Milton participated in the second annual games last Friday.
“I think the adults get more out of it than the students,” Howie said as parents, ESE teachers and volunteers watched children of different ages and abilities explore a series of informal activities. “This is our opportunity to see our students in a different light, outside of a classroom setting.”
Howie said the Raider Games is an opportunity for the students to interact in a social setting with students from other schools.
“We want them to be social,” she said. “We want them to be able to go places and fit in.”