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5th grader with disability sets school record

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Teachers and students rallied to support fifth grader student Nate Watson. He set a record – walking 500 miles. Nate was born with cerebral palsy.  Doctors told his parents he would be confined to a wheelchair by age twelve but he proved them wrong.

The quest for Nate began when he was in kindergarten at Sagebrush Elementary School in Wyoming.  Walking improves Nate's condition by strengthening his leg muscles and his mom says it's his favorite thing to do.

Four laps around the playground at school equals one mile and that means Nate has walked around this playground 2000 times over the past seven years.

Linda Gifford was Nate's teacher during his first year at the school.  She said since he couldn't climb the slide or swing at recess, he started to walk laps.

Gifford says Nate's drive inspires teachers and students. 

Nate's prize for the milestone is a summer pass to the pool.  And by the way Nate's 500 miles is the most any student has walked since the school began its walking at recess program.

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