ESPN and Special Olympics recognizing Delaware school for inclusion

CAMDEN WYOMING, Del.- Creating an inclusive atmosphere for students of all abilities, this is is something that Postlethwait Middle School in Delaware prides themselves on.

And Friday they will be recognized for their efforts by ESPN and Special Olympics.

“This celebration means to the school is like a gift, a gift makes me proud and happy,” Tommy Conner, a student, said.

“It feels amazing because Postlethwait made it a priority to emphasize inclusion and to show care, kindness, and respect,” Sydney Lewis, a student, said.

“We’ve been successful in including everyone in our school, no matter what their differences may be,” Alanah Demko, a student, said.

I’m told in 2018, Postlethwait started the process of becoming a Special Olympics Unified Champion School, which brings students with and without disabilities together.

Because of the schools efforts, they’ve been selected as one of the “Top 5 Unified Champion Schools” in the country.

“We are doing something right, like you know when somebody is not being included and here everybody is included, we don’t discriminate, we don’t judge, we just include and have fun,” Audrey Carroll, a student, said.

To recognize these top 5 schools,  a virtual banner celebration event will be held.

It’ll also include messages from celebrities, government officials, and school administration.

“Tomorrow is just going to be amazing for us for our students and staff to be recognized for how they treat others,” Dr. Kris Failing, the principle, said.

“They just embraced care, kindness and respect, they’ve embraced the inclusion model and this is who they are and this is what they do and it is fantastic,” Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, the Superintendent, said.

And while this honor means the world to everyone a part of the school, they also want it to inspire others.

“Our hope is that what we do here will encourage and inspire others to spread inclusion and celebrate differences,” Emily Barth, a teacher, said.

The event will happen at 1 p.m. Friday.

You can watch the live stream on the Generation Unified Youtube Channel.

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