|Welcome to Special Olympics Virginia's Project UNIFY® News! |
This quarterly newsletter for educators and school administrators will highlight success stories from Project UNIFY® schools.
|Brain Week Assembly
Celebrating abilities of all students
| O.B. Gates Elementary in Chesterfield County services a diverse group of students - children with hearing impairments, severe and mild intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injuries and autism to name a few categories. Celebrating the abilities of all its students is a priority for the staff.|
Sheila Dunn, Gates Elementary librarian, said: "When our students leave Gates Elementary, they will leave with an understanding of what it means to accept others for their differences, to embrace others and encourage their differences, and to include others in their lives no matter what their differences are."
|Game of Respect
Drawing huge crowds and support for accepting people with intellectual disabilities
|It takes one person to transform a school. Brandon Wakefield, a physical education teacher, is that person at Warren County High School in Front Royal. As the parent of a toddler with Down syndrome, Brandon didn't want to wait until his son was old enough to participate in Special Olympics before joining the movement. Brandon realized he could make a difference right now at his school.|