Not everybody can hop.
For Nelson Montessori students, that’s something they understand all too well. And during their annual Hopathan with firefighter Bob Patton, they all made sure to leap, jump and bunny-bounce all over the playing fields in honour of those with muscular dystrophy.
“Thank you for hopping for those who can’t,” firefighter Bob Patton said to the students, during a round-circle discussion in their classroom, where he explained that muscular dystrophy is when your “muscles don’t work the way they’re supposed to.”
Teacher Tina Mastroguiseppe put on a pair of bunny ears with the students, led the students through a series of fun exercises, then invited them to tour Patton’s fire truck—which he pulled up right on to the basketball court.
Kanei Iwikau with his mother Daylen Hotte
The Montessori students got to check out a real fire truck. (Front row) Maggy Brown, Tessa Richardson, Gael Shenstone, Ava Anderson, Miss Tina, Miss Leola, Kanei Iwikau, Ava Reinecke, Delani Marks. (Driver’s seat) Jonah Lytle, Amelia Kinsman. (On the steps) Jude Moore, Olivia Melnyk. (Upper right) Amasra Comazzetto, Julia Malpass, Logan Reinecke.