Volney Students Hear Perseverance Story


Volney Elementary School students celebrated March as perseverance month by welcoming a guest speaker who has never given up.
Greg Callen was injured more than 10 years ago in an accident that left him in a wheelchair, unable to walk. He persevered through challenges and tailored his daily activities to help him live life to the fullest. During a recent character education assembly in the school’s cafeteria, Callen encouraged students to find ways to help others persevere through their own challenges.
Principal Todd Terpening explained to students that some people have no choice in life but to overcome challenges. He said that is the definition of perseverance.
After a short question-and-answer session, Callen told students how he adapted to new abilities of movement. To illustrate the obstacles he had to overcome as a result of his physical challenges, he gave students an opportunity to do a daily task -- getting dressed -- while confined to a wheelchair and unable to move their legs. The students had to persevere and overcome the challenge, just as Callen does on a daily basis.
Students were also treated to adaptive games during their physical education classes thanks to equipment brought to the school by Move Along Inc., a program Callen founded to help people enhance their abilities

Move Along Inc. founder Greg Callen speaks with Volney
Elementary School students during a recent school assembly
about the school’s character education trait of perseverance.