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Ed White Senior Coaching Special Olympics Cheer Team

6:41 PM, Dec 2, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Caitlyn Hurner's class at Edward White High School is perfectly silent as the students practice American Sign Language.

The National Honor Society student love classes like this one, but it's her work after school with a group of young ladies that is really making her smile.

"It's so exciting," she said with a grin.

The school wanted a way to get girls involved with Special Olympics, so the former cheerleader stepped in to coach a team.

"I just wanted to be able to get them involved as much as possible and as soon as possible," Hurner explained. "So the first practice we learned our first cheer."

Last week the girls were all smiles as they performed their cheers at a Special Olympics basketball game.

"They were sitting up in the stands and we had made them all bows so they all had their bows in their hair," Hurner said. "It was so much fun."

Hurner was nominated for Student of the Week by her school's Exceptional Student Education nurse, who said, "Caitlyn not only teaches basic cheer fundamentals but impresses upon [the team] their responsibility to be positive representatives for Ed White High School."

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