Thank you teachers for all that you do
May 3-7 is Teacher Appreciation Week and we wanted to give a shoutout and thanks to all of the great teachers out there.
Whether from school or from home, the teachers of Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® ensure that meaningful opportunities are present for students of all abilities in and out of the classroom.
To bring Special Olympics programming into a school, it only takes one voice to get it started. Many times, that voice is a teacher. Whether introduced through Special Olympics Unified Sports® or a Unified club, the inclusive nature of Unified Champion Schools spreads throughout a school community where everyone from school administration to students without intellectual disabilities want to be involved.
“I always say, I thought eight years ago I had a great program. I thought my classroom was good, I thought my kids were thriving. But what’s happened since Unified Sports—it’s opened doors that we didn’t even know were closed for inclusion and every single day, every single year a new door opens and a new opportunity arises,” said Jennifer Paolantonio, Ponaganset High School 2020 Milken Educator Award winner.