Stay connected with UCS! April 2020 UCS Newsletter


With all the uncertainty and challenges that have come with the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is understandable that you might feel anxious and overwhelmed - or even lonely! That's why we at Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® want you to know we are here for you.

It is important for all of us to find ways to stay hopeful, healthy, and productive in these uncertain times. With so many of us at home, this could be a great opportunity to convert this energy into a cause that never stops: inclusion! We have put together a few helpful tools and resources on how you can stay involved, active, and engaged.

We hope you find these ideas helpful. Engage with us and share with a friend (or two!) who may also be looking for ideas. Just because we're at a distance doesn't mean we can't be connected!

- The SONC Unified Champion Schools team

Check out these ideas to stay involved in the Unified Generation here and check out some more ideas below:

Spread the Word: Inclusion is sharing weekly challenges you can do to spread inclusion from home! Visit @PledgeToInclude on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook to see the newest challenges every Wednesday.

This week’s challenge is to invite five people to take the pledge at spreadtheword.global. If you missed last week’s challenge, create and share a short video about inclusion using #pledgetoinclude. Submit your video here.

Our youth leaders are getting more creative every day during quarantine! This week, US Youth Ambassador Evie Sly and one of her friends created some coloring pages to promote inclusion!

There are two designs: "#Unified Generation" and "Holla for Inclusion!" To access these coloring pages, click here.

We're challenging schools in our communities to join us in a Fit 5 Challenge!

Here are the rules:

  • Exercise 5 days each week
  • Eat 5 total fruits and vegetables each day
  • Drink 5 bottles of water each day
  • Track it all on this Fit 5 tracker (downloadable version or electronic version)
  • Turn your Fit 5 tracker in on the 30th day (email to health@sonc.net)

Additional incentives are available to participating Unified Champion Schools.

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 (you should have received the survey via email on April 6).

2. The Unified Champion Schools Final Report, which is accessible here.

Complete both surveys by May 15 for a chance to earn prizes for your school!

  • Schools that complete one of two reports earn prizes valued at $150.
  • Schools that complete both reports earn prizes valued at $300.

*Prizes will be shipped when schools are back in session, and we will work with teachers to identify most needed items.

Need support completing the UMass Survey or Unified Champion Schools final report? Contact us.

They came. They saw. They plunged.

Nearly 400 students from Unified Champion Schools across our state raised over $21,000 for Special Olympics North Carolina at the first ever Cool Schools Plunge and Rally at Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe on February 28!

Youth leadership at its finest was on display at this event as students from Grimsley High School in Guilford County and Enloe High School in Wake County planned and hosted the entire day.

And of course, we have to give a shout out to our Top Cool School - West Stokes High School! They raised over $5,000 for SONC. 👏👏👏👏

Thanks to all of the schools who participated and attended!

  • David W. Butler High School, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
  • East Wake Middle School, Wake County Public Schools
  • Enloe High School, Wake County
  • Forestview High School, Gaston County
  • Grimsley High School, Guilford County
  • Neuse Charter School and Johnston County Charter School, Johnston Counyu
  • Polk County Middle School, Polk County
  • Polk County High School, Polk County
  • RJ Reynolds High School, Winston-Salem Forsyth Schools
  • Smithfield Selma High School, Johnston County
  • West Stokes High School, Stokes County