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Developmental Disability Awareness month — Enrichment, fun and games

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month and to celebrate, DOE Special Education (SPED) division heads and staff members at various public schools across the territory are hosting activities for their students.

For Samoana High School, the SPED students were whisked off to the ASCC Land Grant- CNR where they received a crash course on — among other things — making sushi rolls. In addition, a field trip to the Dept. of Marine and Wildlife Resources in Fagatogo gave them the chance to learn about sea life.

O fanau aoga i lalo le polokalama a le SPED a le Aoga Maualuga a Samoana auai i le vaiaso ua te’a i lesona o le tuufa’atasia o le taumafa e “sushi roll” i le ASCC Land Grant. [ata foa’i]

The students were then treated to a boat ride from Fagatogo to the Laulii area, and back.

On Friday, games were hosted at the Suigaula ole Atuvasa Beach Park to officially end the week-long list of activities. The day started off however, with a special "wave" alongside the main road in Utulei, where SPED students, staff members, National Honor Society members, Close Up Club members and some from the student body were present in a show of support.


Teine aoga o le Aoga Maualuga a Samoana i le “wave” i le vaiaso ua te’a aua lenei masina e aloaia ai i latou e afaina tino ma le mafaufau. [ata: BC]

Under the theme: "Blue Balance for Better," Samoana's SPED division serves 38 students with special needs. Two of them are competing in the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.