Kids with special needs have a 'funner' time at Hersey's Olympics

  • Michael Seitzinger of Park School helps Isaiah, left, fly a kite Tuesday during the Funner Olympics at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights.

      Michael Seitzinger of Park School helps Isaiah, left, fly a kite Tuesday during the Funner Olympics at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights. Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Joaquin from Riley Elementary School was one of about 300 children with special needs who got to play carnival games Tuesday at the Funner Olympics at John Hersey High School.

      Joaquin from Riley Elementary School was one of about 300 children with special needs who got to play carnival games Tuesday at the Funner Olympics at John Hersey High School. Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Shan of London School dances with Jessie Carlquist, right, on Tuesday as part of the Funner Olympics at John Hersey High School.

      Shan of London School dances with Jessie Carlquist, right, on Tuesday as part of the Funner Olympics at John Hersey High School. Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 5/22/2018 5:30 PM

About 300 children with special needs spent Tuesday playing games at a carnival-style event organized by John Hersey High School's Service Over Self club.

The Funner Olympics -- which featured 50 booths, events and games throughout the school field house, side fields and tennis courts -- is part of a tradition spanning nearly four decades at the Arlington Heights high school.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

For 30 years, the service learning club hosted a track meet for students with special needs. Nine years ago, student leaders in Mark Gunther's leadership class suggested rebranding the event with a carnival theme. One student said, "Yeah, that would be funner," leading to the name change.

On Tuesday, each guest was matched with a high school student from Hersey or Buffalo Grove high schools. About 25 students from MacArthur Middle School in Prospect Heights also helped chaperone.

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