There are smiles and then there is Bridges Field Day.

 

There are smiles and then there is Bridges Field Day.

There is childish joy and then there is Bridges Field Day.

The Bridges classes from Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka public schools, joined by students at the Growing Minds Center for Autism, let loose last week for a Field Day 2017 at Port St. Joe Elementary School.

The kids loved it, leaving behind barriers to join in the fun, running and racing in a world they owned.

Here they were not separate, but among peers, among friends, frolicking as only kids can frolick, smiles rarely leaving faces at the end of a task well done.

They entered into the “competition” through raised sabers (actually, those long Styrofoam sticks) and joined in team cheers.

They held relay races, children confined a few moments before to wheelchairs, helped down the length of the gym by helping hands, unbridled joy advertised by every limb.

Other children, unable to make eye contact moments before, transformed into a teammate, racing to ensure the success of the whole.

There are special events in each of the county’s schools: then there is Bridges Field Day. --- Text and photos by Tim Croft