ROSHOLT (WAOW) -- We honor the many Rosholt High School students who volunteer for Special Olympics events. Their dedication to the athletes and their ability to break stereotypes makes them Class of the Week.
You can call them "specialists" in Special Olympics bowling. Twice a year, dozens of them volunteer for a local Special Olympics bowling tournament. Not only are they not paid, they don't even get extra credit. They say they do it simply because it's fun.
Junior, Megan O'Donnel says, "It's fun. I've always like volunteering and I like helping people."
But it's more than just helping. They're building relationships; friendships, with a very special group of people with special needs.
"I'm there to have fun." Says Junior, Heide Jakubek, "It is like hanging out with friends. I don't treat them any differently."
And many of Jakubek's schoolmates feel the same way.
"Twenty percent of our student body has been volunteering for years and we get more every year. I'm just proud of them. It's great to have them there."
Not only do these students volunteer with Special Olympics; many of them help out at the Fair, with Adopt a Highway and they ring bells for the Salvation Army.