VIDEO: Jefferson Elementary becomes first Special Olympics Unified Champion School in Stevens Point
By Joe Bachman
STEVENS POINT — Jefferson Elementary has become the first school in Stevens Point to become a Special Olympics Unified School.
According to a press release by the program, “Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools is a K-12 education-based strategy that focuses on social inclusion and bringing youth with and with our intellectual disabilities together through sports and education programs.”
There are 112 inclusive schools in the state, and Jefferson will go down as the first in the area. A presentation was made by Jefferson Principal Mike Devine, Unified Champion Schools Coordinator Sara Birch and Sixth Grade Teacher Kim Boden in form of a banner to celebrate the occasion.
“We’re very excited to be a part of this,” said Devine. “We’ll be the first school in the Stevens Point district to be a unified school, and we’re looking forward to creating opportunities and an environment of becoming an all-inclusive school.”
“We have 112 unified champion schools as of today and I get to go around to different schools and work with them on how to implement unified programming and what different ideas they can do for unified clubs, unified sports, awareness days, and different things that make students with and without disabilities feel accepted and part of their school community.” said Birch.
The Special Olympics Wisconsin kicked off on Thursday, June 6 at the UW-Stevens Point campus.