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Ridgefield Academy students in Kindergarten through grade 6 lined Ridgefield's Main Street this morning to cheer on the Ridgefield Police Department as they joined fellow officers from across Connecticut to participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Connecticut supports Special Olympic athletes and inspires the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. Over 1,500 law enforcement officers from across the state will participate in the three-day event, along with Special Olympics athletes in some towns. Collectively, they will cover a total of 530 miles.

RA students raised $660.76 in donations through a Bingo Night raffle and $1.00 dress down day donations from students, faculty, and staff to donate to the effort. Their fundraising efforts were inspired by a visit from two officers at a morning assembly where they spoke about the importance of supporting Special Olympic athletes.

Ridgefield Academy offers special thanks to Major Brown and the Ridgefield Police Department for modeling community service for our students and for helping to keep our students safe this morning at this busy and exciting event!

The Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Summer Games will take place tonight at 7:15pm at Southern Connecticut State University’s Jess Dow Field.
We invite you to view more photos from today's festivities here!