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Oak Park School thanks first responders at ‘Panther Prowl’

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Oak park Panther Prowl 2016

PANTHER PRIDE: Oak Park School students Sarah Sylvester, left, and Lexi Alvarez, share a moment at the 2016 Panther Prowl. This year’s event will be held April 28.

SARASOTA, April 26, 2017 – The fourth annual Oak Park School Panther Prowl will be held from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, April 28 at the school, which provides educational support and therapy to students with disabilities from pre-K to age 22. Students can walk, run or use wheelchairs to participate in the Panther Prowl race, one of the highlights of the event.

This year Principal Edwina Oliver has invited first responders, medical personnel and other citizens who assisted the students and adults involved in the bus accident at Proctor and Gantt roads on April 11. The driver of a car took a left turn directly in front of the school bus, causing it to veer off the road and hit a pole. Oliver said she wants to thank publicly the many people who helped her students — many of whom are nonverbal — through a frightening situation and attended to the injured children and adults. Bus driver Danny Dunn and his wife, bus attendant Christine Dunn, also will be recognized for their quick action to keep students safe.

Oak Park’s music teacher, Shane Swezey, will serve as the disc jockey and spin some of the students’ favorite tunes. Ice cream, watermelon and other refreshments will be served. Tickets for a drawing are being sold to parents, school staff, volunteers and friends. Prizes include gift cards, gift baskets and experiences from local businesses. Last year’s Panther Prowl raised more than $16,500 for the school’s Parent-Teacher-Student Organization.

Oak Park School is located at 7285 Proctor Road in Sarasota.

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