Bright Side: Unit 5 students hear from Paralympic athlete

By WEEK Producer

April 29, 2014 Updated Apr 29, 2014 at 11:36 PM CDT

NORMAL, Ill. -- Being different isn't a bad thing.

That’s a message students at Prairieland Elementary School are going home with after a visit from an inspiring athlete.

Paralympics gold medalist Kevin McKee spoke to hundreds of students at Prairieland to kick off the school's “Aware Fair”.

McKee talked about his experiences at the Sochi Paralympics and reminded students that even though some people have disabilities, they are very able in many other ways.

"I just want to let kids know that disabled people can do anything they want to do and also for them, don't let anything get in your way or don't let people say you can't do it or you're not good enough or anything like that,” McKee said.

Prairieland Elementary's aware fair officially starts on Friday. The fair's theme is “Don't Dis My Ability”.