Special People Play Day at Garces Memorial High School

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Garces Memorial High School students hosted a play date today for some special kids.

Roughly 500 special needs children flooded into the school to partner up with high school students and enjoy a fun day of games and even some animals.

Special needs kids from kindergarten to third grade partnered with a Garces student as they played their way through a carnival style atmosphere. There was a petting zoo with farm animals and pony rides.

"As a student, it's amazing," Garces student Chris Hollenbeck said. "As a volunteer, it's amazing, but just seeing them have a great time is why we're doing it and why we're bringing them out here. It's really fun."

These bonds and friendships are something that garces organizers hope their students take with them in life.

"There's ways to give, whether you're in high school, or college, or grown up, or have no income or huge income, there's way to make in impact on someone's life that can be life changing," Graces Director of Campus Ministry Brian Cobb said.

And the organizations educating these special needs children hope that Garces continues the tradition.

"I hope it goes on forever," Richardson Center teacher Miriam Mantos-Brown said. "I know that every year, the Garces team makes it bigger and better than it was the year before, and our parents and kids love coming."

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