Approximately 100 students with special needs participated in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s Special Olympics Torch Run and Field Day May 5. The annual event, held at Prairie View Elementary, involves students from all Lee’s Summit R-7 schools.
The special day began with the arrival of the torch runners, members of the Lee’s Summit Police Department who carry the Special Olympic torch to Prairie View. The officers are greeted by the students who wave posters and cheer the runners during the last leg of their journey. Members of the police force then join the students for lunch at the school.
The event concludes with a Special Olympics field day for the students with contests such as frisbee throw and cup stacking. The events are tailored for the students with special needs. Students from Sunset Valley and Prairie View Elementary volunteer to assist the athletes during the field day.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a fundraiser for Special Olympics with police officers throughout the nation raising close to $50 million annually.