Students from Claremore High School Project CEEP learn basic martial art skills.

One area business is doing more than just helping people build healthy bodies, self-esteem and confidence. Beavans Martial Arts is helping some very special kids.

Owner David Beavans has been donating time, equipment and instruction to students of Claremore Public Schools for years, but it is the recent addition of a class for students of Project CEEP that is making an impact.

Beavans will be the first to tell you how great the opportunity is to work with these students.

“If people without disabilities put out the energy that these kids do, then the world would be a better place,” Beavans said. “Working with these kids brightens my entire day.”

Many of the students of Project CEEP are dealing with life-long disabilities, yet that does not stop them from enjoying Beavans class.

“The kids get so excited,” Teacher Yuvonna Hemperley said.

The class gives the kids an opportunity to get out a lot of built up aggression or energy, she said.

It is obvious how much the physical and mental stimulation helps her student.

Each of the kids has a different way of expressing their emotions, but it will warm the heart of anyone who gets the opportunity to visit the class.

“Beavans volunteers his time to these students,” Hemperley said, “He does not get paid anything for his efforts.”

It is that spirit of giving that makes Beavans unique. To ask him, you would think the kids were doing him a favor by coming to visit him.

“I have a good time and the kids do too,” Beavans said. “They are really a bunch of good kids.”

Every other week for about an hour the students come and practice a number of techniques. The classes started about two months ago.

Beavans also teaches classes at Claremont Elementary and Catalayah Elementary.

Physical activity helps the students with their sensory systems and their ability to learn, according to Robyn Foxworth, Director of Project CEEP.

Focus and attention span are an issue often times for these kids and so the activity helps them to focus, he said.

Students age three through high school from all over Rogers County participate in Project CEEP.

For more information about services contact Project CEEP at (918) 341-8933.