Meridian students help with Special Olympics


photo by Hallie Gates

Matthew Mathias volunteers at the Special Olymics’ event on September 7.

by Emery Johnson, Reporter

This Saturday the Special Olympics softball day was held at Rotary Park in Decatur. All of the volunteers and coaches come together to make a great experience for the athletes including some Meridian students.

“I like helping people and I like seeing them all work together on the sports teams and stuff,” said Meridian junior Chloe Moyer who volunteered in the food tent.

This is both Moyer, and Meridian freshman, Matthew Mathis’s first year volunteering at the Special Olympics. “My mom signed me up,” Mathis said.

Janet Ferris has been volunteering for over twenty years.

“I am a member of the American Business Club and they have a chapter here in Decatur and that is one of their responsibilities. We just help Special Olympics. We donate money to them and help at all their functions,” Ferris said.

The Special Olympics is definitely something that is important to Ferris.

“I like meeting with the players, the athletes, the parents and the volunteers,” Ferris said, “They’re special people, very special people.”