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Special Rides, Special People

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

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Brazil ResCare residents Kevin Barnett (left)?and Brad Jackson ride the Tilt-A-Whirl at the Brazil Rotary Fourth of July Celebration Wednesday. Jason Moon Photo.
* Rotary opens Midway for people with special needs

For Jessica Pitts, coming to the Brazil Rotary Fourth of July Celebration means getting the opportunity to ride the ponies on the merry-go-round.

"It's fun," Pitts said.

But Brad Jackson prefers the horses.

"It's a lot of fun," Jackson said.

Both Pitts and Jackson are residents at Brazil ResCare, and were two of several adults and children who traveled to Forest Park Wednesday for the Rotary's Special Rides for Special People event.

Brazil Rotary member and past president Sam Glover said the event began close to 15 years ago. He said former carnival owner Johnny Portemont Jr., whom the Rotary used to contract for the carnival, suggested setting up the event.

"It's not just for kids. It's for adults and it's great," Glover said. "It's a great day. They enjoy it so much."

Glover said the carnival opens up between 1-3 p.m. for the afternoon for people with special needs. He said it's easier to open the carnival earlier for them.

"We just open up for that opportunity," Glover said, "to concentrate on letting them have a good time."

Glover added it's a treat for the Rotarians who stick around and help during the event.

"It's a very enjoyable afternoon just to see the smiles on their faces," he said. "It's one of the nicest things we do (during the celebration)."

ResCare Direct Support Staff member Tina Clark said this was her first year attending the event. However, she said the four residents the organization brought Wednesday were ready to go early.

"They've talked about it for days," Clark said.

Villa House, Brazil, also had residents attend the event Wednesday. Villa House owner Linda Edwards said her residents were also excited.

"They've been talking about it," Edwards said.


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I had no idea that this event was held annually. I think it's a wonderful idea! What a great opportunity for everyone involved!

-- Posted by teacherswife on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 7:17 AM


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