On Monday morning in the middle of the Graham High School library, Mayor Barry White stood, proclamation in hand, and conducted some official mayoral business. 

“I, as Mayor of the City of Graham, do hereby salute and congratulate the athletes that participate in the Special Olympics, and proclaim Friday, May 2nd, 2014, as Graham Special Olympics Day,” White read allowed to a small group of students surrounding him.

The Steers, clad in brand-new GHS-blue t-shirts this Monday morning, represented nine members of the 39 athletes, 24 coaches and 46 volunteers that Graham Independent School District will take to Archer City on Saturday to compete in the annual Special Olympics Spring Games. 

But only after the GHS and the city of Graham have had a chance to send them off in style. 

At 2:20 p.m. Friday, the community is invited to join the students in the GHS gym for a pep rally, featuring a performance by the choir, band, dance team and cheerleaders. 

Pastor Joe Finfrock of Oak Street Baptist Church will speak, and the special olympic athletes will have their chance in the spotlight. The pep rally is a tradition that Crestview Elementary special ed teacher Sally Stacy said has been going on for approximately 15 years, and added that it’s something similar programs in the region are envious of. 


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“I talk to teachers and coaches elsewhere and they don’t have it,” Stacy said. “They want to know how we do it.”

Read the entire story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.