This year's theme:
This year, the Inclusive Schools Week theme is “Kaleidoscope of Friends.”
If you look into a kaleidoscope, you see an infinite array of patterns of brilliant light created by repeated reflection. Just like the beautiful patterns and shapes that occur in a kaleidoscope, education takes on a beautiful shape when everyone is included in the school community!
For discussion prompts, celebration ideas, and more info on Inclusive Schools Week, click here. ❄️
Meet Shayla and Aubrey:
Shayla and Aubrey are two extraordinary student leaders and friends. Recently, they shared their experience as a Unified Champion School with middle and high school teachers in Wake County.
Shayla, a Special Olympics Wake County athlete, competes in basketball and runs track and field. Shayla also enjoys doing volleyball and cheerleading. She is also an active member of Daniels Magnet Middle School’s Sea Turtles Team. Learn more about the Sea Turtles Team.
Aubrey is a peer helper, a Unified Partner, an active member of their Unified Club and close friends with Shayla. Aubrey participates in several sports and leadership activities at school.
One of their favorite activities is planning the Spread the Word to End the Word Rally for their school.
“We are teaching people at Daniels that the r-word is hurtful and offensive. It does not show respect for people with disabilities. Not only does it offend the individual, but it can hurt friends and family too! We are role models at Daniels, so excluding this word from our vocabulary can create a more inclusive environment for all students.” --Aubrey ❄️
Recently, Shayla and Aubrey presented at a district-wide Unified Champion Schools training for middle schools and high schools in Wake County. They hope that someday all schools will be Unified Champion Schools!