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posted: 5/12/2014 9:04 AM

Kirk School hosts fundraiser for athletic equipment

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Kirk School will be hosting a Community Walk and Wheelathon 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at 520 S. Plum Grove Road, Palatine, to raise funds for adapted athletic equipment and field improvement.

Kirk School is a public special day school in the Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization with 175 students ranging in age from 5-22 with significant cognitive, physical and/or multiple disabilities.

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The students come from several districts in the Northwest Suburbs to receive an adapted curriculum and educational programming, including instruction in academics, vocational and community skill areas. The program strives to meet the individual needs of each student and emphasizes the development of independent skills according to each student's ability.

The "Athletic Field Improvement Project" consists of different phases. The project has already completed the first stage of fencing in the field behind Kirk's parking lot. Kirk is still working on adding a track and putting in exercise equipment for high school-aged students and young adults.

Event participants will take a 1.25-mile walk or "wheel" through the neighborhood around Kirk School. Following the walk, there will be carnival games and activities, music, refreshments, raffles and a silent auction, with items including White Sox game tickets with Stadium Club passes and free parking. Mane in Heaven will provide mini therapy horses.

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