La Crosse’s adaptive PE students celebrate end of school year with Hawaiian-themed swim meet

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The end of the school year is a time for ceremonies and parties. Students from both La Crosse high schools did both Wednesday.

The district’s adaptive PE classes hit the pool for a Hawaiian luau-themed swim meet.

The high school students from Logan and Central take swimming lessons all year long.

The meet was a chance to get together to show off their skills to a crowd of school staff, family members and friends.

“The cool thing about the water is all the kids are on an equal playing field. Even our kids that utilize wheelchairs get in the water and they don’t have those wheelchairs. They get to swim beside their peers,” said adaptive PE teacher Jessa Ellenbecker.

Educators say the best part of the program is introducing students to a life-long activity.

Adaptive students can take the pool skills they learn in school and use them to stay active and have fun with friends and family for years to come.

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