School trips are a huge part of growing up. It’s a chance to expand your learning outside of the classroom. However, some kids can’t go on school trips. Maybe their parents can’t afford them, or they have a disability that prevents them from attending. Unfortunately, that was the case for 10-year-old Ryan King. She has Spina Bifida and thought she wouldn’t be able to go on the next field trip due to it not being wheelchair accessible. But, that soon changed.
Spina Bifida is a condition that begins in the womb when a baby’s spine doesn’t fully develop. This leaves a gap in the bones, which can cause irreversible damage to the nervous system. This often leaves children weak and can cause total paralysis of the legs.
Ryan ‘s class was going on a field trip to Falls of the Ohio State Park, in order to check out the fossil beds. While it annoys her that some buildings and venues are not wheelchair accessible, you can’t do a lot about nature. However, she still felt left out.
Step forward teacher Jim Freeman. Ryan’s kind teacher offered to carry her for the entire trip, so she wouldn’t miss out. She couldn’t have been happier. He not only facilitated her learning but allowed her to take part in an exciting day out with her class that she would not have been otherwise afforded. Unsurprisingly, Ryan’s mom Shelly took to Facebook to praise his actions.
“If I haven’t bragged on my kids school enough – well, listen to this,” she wrote. “They are going on a field trip to Falls Of The Ohio today. Obviously, NOT accessible. I was preparing for an ‘alternate field trip day’ when a male teacher reached out and said ‘I’m happy to tote her around on the falls all day!'”
“She is sooooo excited to do this independent from me,” Shelly continued. “We are sooooo blessed to have an ENTIRE school that is so compassionate and empathetic and NEVER make her feel left out.”
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