Simulated learning

With her left hand tied behind her back, Peach Plains third-grader Zahra Woessner attempted to spread marshmallow creme onto a graham cracker.
Krystle Wagner
Dec 12, 2013

Woessner tried spreading the substance at the “understanding persons with physical impairments” station during a “Step into My Shoes” activity at the elementary school on Wednesday.

Throughout the morning, the school's third-graders rotated stations aimed at helping them better understand what it’s like to be in the shoes of someone with a physical or learning disability.

Woessner, 8, said it was challenging to spread the white, sticky marshmallow creme by using one hand.

“It’s hard,” she said.

Peach Plains resource room teacher Leah Duplissis said it’s the fifth year that the elementary school's third- and fourth-grade students have participated in activities to raise awareness and understanding about the difficulties people with disabilities face. Fourth-grade students listened to presentations from guest speakers.

Duplissis said she wants students to know they will encounter people with different disabilities wherever they go in life.

“I think it’s a life-long lesson,” she said.

As the students attempted drawing smiley faces and closing bags without being able to see, Duplissis said some children shed tears because they couldn’t complete the tasks.

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