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Rocky Mount students observe Disability Awareness Month

Published On: Dec 24 2013 01:08:03 PM EST   Updated On: Oct 25 2013 07:42:32 PM EDT

You've probably heard the saying "walk a mile in my shoes." On Friday, some students in Franklin County did exactly that.


Students at Rocky Mount Elementary School learned how some of their classmates deal with a disability. Students took part in the exercised as part of Disability Awareness Month.

“We want them to understand that their classmates are like them in many ways and are different in some ways,” said event organizer Cathie McGinnis.

School staff says there are a lot of students with disabilities in the school. Students are learning hands on about their classmates who are disabled.

“They are really enjoying the challenges. I'm working with the moving challenges; with those with physical needs. The first thing the kids have all told me is how hard it is,” said teacher Bradley Lang.

Some scenarios challenge students to use walkers and wheelchairs. Other scenario focused on sight and vision.

“We experience, when you're being blind, you can't see very well. You got feel for some things like markers or crayons,” said second grade student Logan.

Second grade student Lily said that students sometimes have a hard time using their wheelchair. “Some people might be making fun of them because they are on wheelchairs, you shouldn't do that,” said Lily.

Miss Wheel Chair America also attended the event.