May 5 MATP celebration walks on the wild side

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Some of Douglas County's greatest kids have been waiting a long time for this year's Cinco de Mayo, and here's why. Our annual Motor Activities Training Program celebration takes place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 5, at Fremont Middle School.  

This year’s theme, “MATP on Safari,” promises to be a wild time, with Wildlife Safari staff bringing small animals as well as items for children to explore through touch and sound.

Last year’s event drew 33 MATP athletes, ages 3 to 21, and 50 volunteers. Each MATP athlete received a medal and was accompanied by a peer partner, either a fellow student or family member. All peer partners were awarded certificates of appreciation.

Fremont Leadership students and teens from the Roseburg High School Partners Club are expected to help organize events, which include a parade at 9:15 a.m. Other activities are golf, ramp bowling, basketball, switch-activated games, a soccer ball for kicking and a “piano” played by touching pieces of food.

Organizers say the annual celebration is a chance for these young students to participate in motor activities out with a peer partner and be recognized by the community.

Closing ceremonies are expected to begin after 11 a.m. Bring your cheering voice, clapping hands and community spirit to encourage our MATP kids on a day they look forward to sharing all year long!

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