EEX 4070 - Final Project

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EEX 4070 - Final Project

  1. 1. Lending A Hand With The Special Olympics<br />Florida<br />Amy Johnson<br />AJohnson48@knights.ucf.edu<br />April 23, 2010<br />EEX 4070 – Teaching Exceptional Children<br />
  2. 2. Early Perceptions<br />
  3. 3. Introduction to the Setting<br />Special Olympics Florida <br />1105 Citrus Tower Blvd. <br />Clermont, Florida 34711<br />Specialolympicsflorida.org<br />
  4. 4. Site/CommunityDemographics<br />The merchandise tent where we sold Special Olympics tee-shirts, toy bears, traveling coffee mugs and raffle tickets. <br />Logo for the event<br />
  5. 5. Personal Demographics<br />Originally from New Jersey and Pennsylvania<br />My ethnicity is Ukrainian.<br />I played soccer and volleyball up until freshman year of college.<br />I am pursuing my Bachelors Degree for Elementary Education but am open to teaching Intermediate and Special Education.<br />I love to travel so during the summers, I plan on being a teacher chaperone for People to People Student Ambassador <br /> Program of which I had the <br /> opportunity of traveling <br /> with as a student. <br />
  6. 6. Engagement Activities<br />I am working so tediously if I might say!!!!<br />
  7. 7. Participant Demographics<br />Pictures of some cars at the festival.<br />Pictures of some cars at the festival.<br />Myself and Jane Smith <br />who is the Administrative <br />Assistant for Sports & Training<br />“I sincerely thank you for coming out today and helping raise <br />money. I don’t know what we would have done without you. You had great energy and a kind heart. You battled the heat and went for it. Thank you!”<br />
  8. 8. Reflection<br />Even though I did not work one-on-one with persons with special needs, I was a part of something<br />bigger. I helped thousands of participants by volunteering with Special Olympics Florida. This project<br />has made an impact on me because I like really enjoyed being a part of success. When I first started<br />volunteering there I did not know that I was going to be able to help raise money until I was asked to<br />volunteer for the event. I loved being called a volunteer with the Special Olympics. This experience<br />has been positive for me and I am going to continue helping out with the Special Olympics including<br />the Summer Games in May. What began as a school assignment for volunteer hours has become an<br />organization that I want to help and to be a part of for years to come.<br />This project taught me that you can not take anything for granted. Persons with special needs did<br />not ask to born like they were, so they get through it day by day. That should all teach us a lesson.<br />Students in my classroom will all be treated with respect whether or not they have special needs.<br />Teaching your students that same lesson is very important. Seeing all the people that bought a raffle<br />ticket really touched me because it was a donation that they were making to the Special Olympics. <br />After Jane told me that she didn’t know what she would do without me, I told her that I don’t know<br />what I would do without all the generous people that came out to support the Special Olympics. My<br />experience as a volunteer has greatly impacted me. It has opened my eyes to different career<br />opportunities beside Elementary Education. I am interested in becoming a Special Education teacher<br />as well. <br />

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