Menlo School in Atherton will host a 20th anniversary Special Olympics track and field meet Sunday, April 10, at Menlo's Cartan Field, in conjunction with the Special Olympics of Northern California.
The public is invited to cheer on some 100 Special Olympics athletes, supported by about 250 student volunteers.
Students prepare weeks in advance, designing T-shirts, creating posters, and making personal signs for each athlete, said Jessie Brugos, director of service learning at Menlo who first attended the event in 1993 as a student volunteer.
"It is a great opportunity to be buddies with someone who you wouldn't otherwise have met," says Menlo School senior Kyra Vargas.
Opening ceremonies start at 10 a.m. and a celebration of 20 years of collaboration takes place at noon.
The Menlo School Orchestra and the Menlo Dance Troupe will perform, and balloon sculptures and arches will be furnished by Party Fiesta Balloon Decor.
Middle school volunteers and their families host the Olympic Village, which has a photo booth, face painting, snow cones, caricatures by Gordon Ng, and games.
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