Niles McKinley High School intervention specialists Jody Conway and Josh Krumpak, along with 22 students from the inclusion classroom traveled to Cleveland last week to enjoy a Cleveland Indians baseball game.
While searching the Indians website on the Internet, Conway saw a program for non-profit agencies that provided free tickets to Indians' games.
''I was thinking, what's something they haven't done and could experience as a group,'' said Conway.
After polling the students, it was discovered only two of the 22 in the classrooms had ever attended a baseball game in Cleveland stadium.
Working with local businesses and organizations, Conway said they were able to get donations for everything the students needed, including free tickets for all of the students, teachers and chaperones and food for the trip.
''This is for them, and we didn't want them to have to pay for it,'' Conway said.
With donations from Wedgewood Pizza, Ianazones, Chipotle, Chick-Fil-a and Subway, as well as busing donated by the district, the students were able to attend the game free of charge.
Two of the students even won t-shirts at the game, Conway said, and they were featured on the stadium's electronic billboard, the Megatron.
Sitting near the bullpen, the students were also able to see the pitchers up close, she said.
Conway is completing her first year as intervention specialist with the Niles school district. Introducing a new teacher into the program isn't always an easy transition for the students, she said.
''Having a learning disability is difficult, and it's easy to get frustrated,'' Conway said, ''but they adjusted really well and worked really hard.
''I was impressed with their ability to every day just show up and work amazingly.''