In­clu­sive cam­pus

Hilo High School added to list of state’s Spe­cial Olympics Uni­fied Cham­pion Schools

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - COMMUNITY -

Spe­cial Olympics Hawaii an­nounced that Hilo High School is among three schools statewide to re­ceive na­tional ban­ner recog­ni­tion for its ef­forts to pro­vide in­clu­sive sports and ac­tiv­i­ties for stu­dents with and with­out dis­abil­i­ties.

Hilo High, Far­ring­ton High on Oahu and Chiefess Ka­maka­helei Mid­dle School on Kauai were hon­ored as a re­sult of meet­ing na­tional stan­dards of ex­cel­lence in the ar­eas of in­clu­sion, ad­vo­cacy and re­spect.

A ban­ner was pre­sented to the school sig­ni­fy­ing its dis­tin­guished sta­tus.

More than 46 schools par­tic­i­pate in Spe­cial Olympics Uni­fied Cham­pion Schools pro­grams statewide, join­ing more than 5,000 schools across the coun­try en­gaged in the pro­gram. Spe­cial Olympics has a global goal of cre­at­ing 10,000 Uni­fied Cham­pion Schools by 2020.

The Spe­cial Olympics Uni­fied Cham­pion Schools model is sup­ported by the Of­fice of Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­grams at the U.S. Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

The model has been proven, through re­search, to be an ef­fec­tive and repli­ca­ble means to pro­vid­ing stu­dents with and with­out dis­abil­i­ties the op­por­tu­nity to form pos­i­tive so­cial re­la­tion­ships and pro­mote a so­cially in­clu­sive school cli­mate.

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Hilo High School re­ceived a ban­ner pro­claim­ing its sta­tus as a Spe­cial Olympics Uni­fied Cham­pion School.

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