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    After getting off of the school bus, Jasper Middle School seventh-graders Dylan Klem, right, and Antwan Chatman exchanged high-fives in anticipation of the rides they were about to enjoy. Eighteen students from the middle school participated in Play Day. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Jasper Middle School seventh-grader Sean Woodard was overcome with excitement as he rode his first roller coaster of the day, The Raven, on May 9 during the 21st annual Holiday World Play Day. Approximately 2,500 children with disabilities from throughout the tri-state area were registered to visit the park that day with their teachers and adult chaperones. School groups from preschool through high school from throughout southern Indiana, southern Illinois and western Kentucky participated in the event that benefits the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center in Evansville. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Instructional assistant Donna Gootee helped Jasper Middle School sixth-grader Sierra Martindale out of her wheelchair and into a swing on the HallowSwings ride. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Jasper High School senior Manuel Jara, left, and junior Adam Schwartz rode the Scarecrow Scrambler together. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Jasper Middle School seventh-grader Dylan Klem, right, put the stuffed snake he won on the head of classmate Kiefer Gill as the two waited to move on to the next ride. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Dubois Elementary School third-graders Braiden Beckman, left, and Gabe Newland rode the Sparkler swing ride together. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Jasper Middle School instructional assistants Lisa Brewer, left, Jane Renner and Denise Smith watched their students on the HallowSwings ride. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Dubois Elementary School third-graders Braiden Beckman, left, and Preston Brinkman reacted after classmate Gabe Newland made a basket while playing a basketball game. Gabe won a banner while playing the game. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Dubois Elementary School third-grader Nora Klem rode The Howler roller coaster with her mother, Tasha. Nora made five laps on the roller coaster before moving on to the next ride. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Jasper Middle School sixth-grader Sierra Martindale showed the stuffed animals she got during her visit to Holiday World to her instructional assistant Donna Gootee as they waited to board the bus at the end of day. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald