Volney Students Hear Perseverance Story

VOLNEY – Volney Elementary School students celebrated March as perseverance month by welcoming a guest speaker who has never given up.

Move Along Inc. founder Greg Callen speaks with Volney Elementary School students during a recent school assembly about the school’s character education trait of perseverance.
Move Along Inc. founder Greg Callen speaks with Volney Elementary School students during a recent school assembly about the school’s character education trait of perseverance.

Greg Callen was injured more than 10 years ago in an accident that left him in a wheelchair, unable to walk.

He persevered through challenges and tailored his daily activities to help him live life to the fullest.

During a recent character education assembly in the school’s cafeteria, Callen encouraged students to find ways to help others persevere through their own challenges.

Principal Todd Terpening explained to students that some people have no choice in life but to overcome challenges. He said that is the definition of perseverance.

Volney student Lexis Casler-West, sitting, attempts to put a pair of sweatpants on while in a wheelchair. Student Anna Lund, standing, holds the chair in place.
Volney student Lexis Casler-West, sitting, attempts to put a pair of sweatpants on while in a wheelchair. Student Anna Lund, standing, holds the chair in place.

After a short question-and-answer session, Callen told students how he adapted to new abilities of movement.

To illustrate the obstacles he had to overcome as a result of his physical challenges, he gave students an opportunity to do a daily task — getting dressed — while confined to a wheelchair and unable to move their legs.

The students had to persevere and overcome the challenge, just as Callen does on a daily basis.

Students were also treated to adaptive games during their physical education classes thanks to equipment brought to the school by Move Along Inc., a program Callen founded to help people enhance their abilities.

Volney second graders Olivia Hendrickson and Kody Doran take a quick break from playing adaptive basketball in physical education class.
Volney second graders Olivia Hendrickson and Kody Doran take a quick break from playing adaptive basketball in physical education class.

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