This year, Differences Day took place at Increase Miller Elementary on November 2, and at Katonah Elementary on November 3, and Meadow Pond Elementary School on November 6.
Each second and fifth grade student spent a session in the school gymnasium, rotating through a series of hands-on activities designed to simulate visual, auditory, speech and motor impairments, as well as learning differences. At one station, they tried on goggles that simulate visual impairment; at another they did puzzles while wearing gloves that evoke fine motor skills challenges. They also tried to carry a lunch tray while navigating in a wheelchair.
Station activities are facilitated by parent volunteers. Students from John Jay High School’s A World of Difference club help at one school each year—this year at Meadow Pond Elementary School.
Differences Day is unique to the Katonah-Lewisboro School District. It was created in 2000 by a team of SEPTO parents with input from Katonah-Lewisboro special services staff. The workshop has been run by SEPTO each year, with additional sponsorship from the elementary school PTAs and the Office of Special Services. KLSD parent Naomi Heftler is the Differences Day Chairperson.