Waller ISD: Mission Possible
Waller ISD’s (WISD) Special Education Department recently held its Third Annual Mission Possible, an event like field day, for all special education students filled with fun, challenging activities. WISD Adapted Physical Education Teacher Sharron Carpenter began Mission Possible for special needs students to have a day that they shine playing games.
During Mission Possible, students visit several stations including bowling, basketball, a photo booth, a sensory station, and a human car wash. Some of the stations were created specially for student needs and wants. Each station was equipped with accommodations and/or modifications that allow all students to participate.
“I want them to see themselves functioning and participating in games like their peers,” Carpenter said. “For a little while, it’s all about them!”
The Waller High School (WHS) Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) has volunteered to help all three years of Mission Possible. Around 25 cadets aid in running the different stations for some of the events. They first got involved when WHS Paraprofessional Georganna Jack asked if they would help. She had a son with special needs that was in AFJROTC and noticed the other students worked very well with him.
“The cadets love helping out with Mission Possible,” AFJROTC Instructor Joel Barnett said. “This is as much fun for them as it is the other students.”
Before the event, students are given a Mission Possible t-shirt to wear. They are also given dietary appropriate snacks and a participation medal. At the end, students take a group photo with their shirts and medals to commemorate the day.