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HCS holds its first Crabber Invitational for special needs high school students
Approximately 100 high school students participated in the first Crabber Invitational on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at Hampton High School hosted by the Health, Human & Financial Services Academy. This event is a specialized field day designed to meet the diverse needs of all self-contained, special education students, from the four high schools.
The day began with an opening ceremony, that included a parade of the schools, followed by students participating in a variety of activities and events.
Kimberly Judge, director of Hampton City School special education department, shared the following:
“This truly exemplifies inclusive schools. Students and staff in HCS collaborated to provide a meaningful experience to students with varying abilities, from nonverbal, nonambulatory students to student athletes, and twice exceptional students. Everyone acknowledged the fact that while ‘we all grow at different rates’, we all are contributing members of the learning community and in society. I am truly appreciative to the Hampton High School Crabbers under the leadership of Executive Principal Shameka Pollard and Academy Principal Kimberly Sharpe, for their authentic approach to ensuring that our mission of ‘every child, every day, whatever it takes’ lives through experience. This event, which is a collaboration of many more to come and is an example of what inclusive schools should look like, sound like and feel like daily. A special thanks to the Academy of Human, Health and Financial Services for embracing this experience and truly believing in everyone's uniqueness. This is our WHY.”
Click here to see our School Notes video of the event.