By Grant Bissell
ARNOLD, Mo. (KSDK) - The end of the school year is full of fun events like field trips and prom. On Tuesday, an annual tradition at Fox High School in Arnold brought together special needs students and their regular education counterparts.
The fourth annual Fox Olympics is a student-led service learning project and a proud day for everyone involved.
Athletes and their student coaches work together for six weeks to prepare for the Olympics. Some teams are made stronger by their lifelong friendships.
"We met each other in daycare. We've been friends ever since," said coach Andrew Totterer.
"I'm just glad to have him," said athlete Thomas Finn. "If I didn't have him I don't know what I'd do."
The Olympics bring the whole school together, from the band that plays during the opening ceremonies to the students who come out to cheer on the athletes.
Amidst the speedy sprinting and record-breaking softball throws some have found a higher calling.
"This has driven me to want to go into the special education field," said coach Rachael Grana. "I just really love working with them because we work with them all year in different events. So it kind of inspires me to help them and want to be involved."
And while some of these students will constantly struggle with the challenges of everyday life, during the Fox Olympics everyone is a winner.
"The feeling they walk away with on the big day, they just can't say enough good things about it," said Fox special education teacher Cheryl Crump. "It just makes everybody happy. It's a great day here."