Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Moultrie Middle School special education teacher Dana Bowen frequently provides opportunities for middle school students to befriend students with special needs. She calls this diverse group of students her “lunch bunch.” Recently, they traveled to MUSC Children’s Hospital to take advantage of a uniquely designed theater that allows all children to enjoy a show without the confines of a typical facility. For some, it was their first experience at a movie theater.
The idea began when Luke McCurry, a student in a general education class who is confined to a wheelchair shared that he never gets to sit where he wants at the movies.
He always has to sit in a special section that is usually in the rear or very front row. Through the grapevine, Russ Pritchard, president of Audio Warehouse who created the theater, heard about Luke’s insight as well as Bowen’s lunch bunch and knew the perfect field trip for all of the students to have some typical teenage fun while not having to be concerned about all their idiosyncrasies distracting others from the movie.
Forty students, about half with special needs and half general education, and 10 adults enjoyed the showing of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” The students, teachers, parent chaperones and staff of Audio Warehouse called the experience one of the most successful trips ever.
“This type of use is a perfect match to our vision for this project. Speaking for the entire Audio Warehouse team, it’s a true privilege to use our profession to serve the community and those less fortunate,” said Russ Pritchard
After the movie, Sara Stello from the MUSC Transplant Center and Papa John’s provided pizza for all.
The students enjoyed laughing about the movie and making new friends.
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