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A teacher's wish granted

A teacher's wish granted (Source: WEAR-TV)

This Fall, WEAR along with Hill-Kelly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram are "Paying it Forward" to education.

Teachers submit their creative ideas to win $500 for their classrooms. This week we introduce you to a special needs PE teacher that's trying make sure every child is included.

Jessica Wolford is passionate about physical education. She said, "I think its important to get anyone moving."

She's taught PE for 7 years. Some children with special needs have different challenges so it's not always safe for them to be in the standard PE class

"Putting a student in there in a wheelchair, or someone that may not understand basic safety rules, there could be a safety issue." she said.

That's why she joined a team of travelling special needs PE teachers in Escambia County.

"I have Kingsfield, Jim Allen, Bratt, and Ernest Ward."

She goes from school to school, helping all children participate in PE.

"I have some students on walkers, wheelchairs, blind students, some that can only use one side." said Wolford.

Rather than relying on whatever was at the school, she wanted her own special equipment to make it even more interactive for all of the students.

Thanks to Hill-Kelly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram she was able to buy equipment to use at all of her schools.

Wolford bought items in bright colors and other items that make noise to help her students that have visual or hearing challenges. She also bought items with texture to help her students on the spectrum.

She hopes not only does it help them physically, but teaches them lifelong skills.

Wolford said, "For me it's social skills, playing with each other, sharing, understanding that different walks and types of people they will come across in their life. I want them to understand they can be included just as much as anyone else."


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