Special Needs Awareness Day at Bar Harbor School 

We’re all different. Some kindergarten through 8th grade students in Bar Harbor learned a bit more about that on Tuesday. For one day, students at Conners Emerson School had a chance to experience what it’s like to have a disability. ‘ What would it be like if you couldn’t use one of your hands? What would it be like if you had difficulty reading, or learning, or with memory,” said Liz Oppewall, a physical therapist taking part in Special Needs Awareness Day. Students put marshmallows in their mouths to demonstrate speech issues, and took wheel chairs for a spin. ” I’m not sure if I could do it again. It was very stressful. I just had to do one little simple thing. I had to go wash my hands. It was tough,” said Mary Paola, an 8th grader at the school. ” It’s so hard. You have to almost ram your way through and fitting through spaces and not hitting people,” added Caroline McMinimy, another student at the school. The goal is for the kids to learn and understand some of the differences people face. ” They’re like us, just they have to struggle more through life,” said McMinimy. The event is an annual event at the school.