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 – lmason@hinds.k12.ms.us.

Byram assistant principal Tommy Burchfield and Elina Smith, left, gave Mollie Coward and student mentor Jared Keyes a run for their month but once again Mollie won the annual wheelchair race at the “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Byram assistant principal Tommy Burchfield and Elina Smith, left, gave Mollie Coward and student mentor Jared Keyes a run for their month but once again Mollie won the annual wheelchair race at the “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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.

Raymond Elementary student Kaleb Washington is happy to see Hinds County schools physical therapist Larina Mason, organizer of the annual field day held each year at Hinds Community College.
Raymond Elementary student Kaleb Washington is happy to see Hinds County schools physical therapist Larina Mason, organizer of the annual field day held each year at Hinds Community College.
Raymond Elementary student Breanne Uzzle, 8, loves being spun around on the parachute at the “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Raymond Elementary student Breanne Uzzle, 8, loves being spun around on the parachute at the “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Bolton Elementary student Trevae Green, 8, foreground, and Kendarius Thomas, 10, race during a matching game at the “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Bolton Elementary student Trevae Green, 8, foreground, and Kendarius Thomas, 10, race during a matching game at the “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Raymond High student Thomas Manning, 16, makes a huge soap bubble at the “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Raymond High student Thomas Manning, 16, makes a huge soap bubble at the “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Terry High student Clive Cargill pulls out a stick to see how many balls will fall in the “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Terry High student Clive Cargill pulls out a stick to see how many balls will fall in the “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Raymond school nurse Daffney Garvin enjoys the parrot at the “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Raymond school nurse Daffney Garvin enjoys the parrot at the “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Gary Road Intermediate student Mason Clark, 9, slides down the bouncy house slide. He was at the “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Gary Road Intermediate student Mason Clark, 9, slides down the bouncy house slide. He was at the “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Cleveland Hunter, 19, a Raymond High student, watches to see how many balls fall when he pulls the stick. He was at the “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Cleveland Hunter, 19, a Raymond High student, watches to see how many balls fall when he pulls the stick. He was at the “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Lee Myers and daughter Rachel, 10, a student at Raymond Elementary, check out the snake “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Lee Myers and daughter Rachel, 10, a student at Raymond Elementary, check out the snake “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Donnesha Walker, 13, a Carver Middle School student, watches to see how many balls will fall when she pulls out a stick. She was at the “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Donnesha Walker, 13, a Carver Middle School student, watches to see how many balls will fall when she pulls out a stick. She was at the “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Raymond Elementary student Lily Williams, 6, and mom Elaine try out the bubbles at the “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Raymond Elementary student Lily Williams, 6, and mom Elaine try out the bubbles at the “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Raymond Elementary students Danny Russom, 7, left, and Ely Ashley, 9, have a grand time with the bubbles at the May 2 special education field day held at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Raymond Elementary students Danny Russom, 7, left, and Ely Ashley, 9, have a grand time with the bubbles at the May 2 special education field day held at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Kayden Reed, 5, a Raymond Elementary student, enjoys a team competition adding water from a plunger to the plastic bins during the “Let Your Light Shine On” special education field day at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
Kayden Reed, 5, a Raymond Elementary student, enjoys a team competition adding water from a plunger to the plastic bins during the “Let Your Light Shine On” special education field day at Hinds Community College. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
At the close of the “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College students released balloons with tags that had a student’s name and the email address for Larina Mason. Anyone who finds a balloon is asked to email Mason at Lmason@hinds.k12.ms.us. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
At the close of the “Let Your Light Shine On” field day for Hinds County special education students on May 2 at Hinds Community College students released balloons with tags that had a student’s name and the email address for Larina Mason. Anyone who finds a balloon is asked to email Mason at Lmason@hinds.k12.ms.us. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)
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