It’s safe to say that the wheelchair race is Mollie Coward’s favorite event at the special education field day for Hinds County students held at Hinds Community College each year.
This year’s theme for the eighth annual event was “Let Your Light Shine On.” The morning’s fun was capped with a balloon release from the middle of Joe Renfroe field at Hinds’ Raymond Campus. Each balloon was tagged with a student’s name and the email address for Larina Mason, a Hinds alumnae and the organizer – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coward, 21, a student at Raymond High School, and teammate and student mentor Jared Keyes, won this year’s wheelchair race, besting Elina Smith, a Byram student, and her teammate Byram Middle School assistant principal Tommy Brumfield.
The special needs students from all the Hinds County schools, teachers and parent chaperones spent the morning playing a variety of games. A big hit was the petting zoo that included snakes, iguanas, rabbits, turtles, hedgehogs, parrot and even a pig.
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Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.
Cathy Hayden is a 30-year career journalist with a bachelor's degree in journalism and English from the University of Mississippi and a master of theological studies from Spring Hill College in Mobile. Hayden, who covered education at The Clarion-Ledger for 17 years, came to Hinds Community College in January 2007.