May we just say... We ♡ Unified Champion Schools! May 2019 UCS Newsletter

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Teachers are models of change in their schools, promoting respect and acceptance in and out of the classroom.

Thanks to all of the incredible teachers for being part of the inclusion revolution!

Special Olympics North America is highlighting teachers all week! Check out their Twitter and Instagram.

April Showers bring…

Midterm Reports and UMass Surveys!

It is that time of year again for schools to complete their required Unified Champion Schools survey and final report. As a reminder, there are two reports that teacher liaisons need to complete:

1. The Unified Champion Schools teacher liaison survey, which is distributed by The University of Massachusetts

2. The Unified Champion Schools Final Report distributed by Special Olympics NC via your Youth Initiatives Director

Complete both surveys by May 15 for a chance to win some amazing prizes. Need support completing the UMass Survey or Unified Champion Schools final report? Contact UnifiedSchools@sonc.net.

Summer Games is right around the corner!

The 2019 SONC Summer Games is taking place May 31 - June 2 in Wake County! Youth from Unified Champion Schools across the state are coming together to volunteer at a variety of competition venues, Opening Ceremony, the victory dance and Olympic Town! This opportunity is a full-weekend commitment. Housing and meals will be provided by Special Olympics NC.

Registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Unified pairs are encouraged to apply.

Interested? Click here to read more information and to register your group!

Deadline to apply: Monday, May 13 by 5:00 pm.

Last year, nearly 1,900 Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners competed in nine sports at the 2018 Summer Games! Unified partners are individuals without intellectual disabilities who train and compete alongside Special Olympics athletes.

Watch the highlights from the weekend!

Apply to become a Special Olympics National Banner School!

To celebrate the schools across the country that exemplify the inclusive spirit of Special Olympics, Unified Champion Schools created the National Recognition Program.

A Unified Champion School that receives national banner recognition demonstrates their commitment to inclusion by meeting the ten national standards of excellence for inclusion, which focus on inclusive youth leadership, whole school engagement, Unified Sports®, and sustainability.

Check out ESPN's video of Wake Forest High School's Top 5 National Banner presentation!

Think your school has what it takes to be a National Banner School?

Deadline to apply: June 3

Contact us!

West: Samantha Huffman | shuffman@sonc.net | 317-903-7291

East: Allison Stockburger | astockburger@sonc.net | 406-861-6001

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