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Barriers reduced in PE class

Sparta — Physical education class recently got easier for students who use wheelchairs at Appleview Elementary.

PE teacher Kevin Shuneson did the research and acquired the Overcomer, a piece of adaptive equipment that helps students play hockey in PE class. So far, the Overcomer has only been used for hockey, but it can be adjusted for tennis and baseball as well.

Fourth-grader Alex Engstrom, who uses a wheelchair and is an avid sports fan, is happy to be able to play. He likes to “coach” from the sidelines but now he can actively participate in class.

“Having access to adaptive equipment reduces physical barriers and provides Alex with the opportunity to participate with his peers in the sports that he loves,” said his teacher, Lynelle Geers. “He loves to watch sports, be everyone’s biggest fan, especially his brother Brady, and loves to share his thoughts and opinions of the games that he attends.”

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Jane Lally
Jane Lally
Jane Lally is a reporter covering Sparta. Recently retired after working in state government and other areas, she found her way back to the journalism field again. She graduated from Central Michigan University and spent most of her career in writing, editing, graphic design/print production and broadcast closed captioning. She has written for The Grand Rapids Press, The Morning Sun in Mount Pleasant/Alma, MacDonald Publications in Ithaca, Leader Publications in Niles and The Herald-Palladium in St. Joseph. She strongly believes in the importance of public schools as they bring communities together and make them stronger. She is happy to be able to tell the stories of Sparta schools.


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