Noblesville Becomes Only District in State to Have All Schools Receive Honor
The recognition is designed to highlight schools that make inclusion of students with disabilities a priority. Specifically, Special Olympics Indiana looks for schools that excel in inclusive student leadership, whole school engagement, Unified Sports® and fundraising.
“Noblesville Schools has been the shining example of what an inclusive educational culture can be and should be,” says Jeff Mohler, Special Olympics Indiana’s Chief Operating Officer. “Their students benefit because of dedicated school administration and devoted teachers who see the value in all students. Noblesville Schools should be commended for this achievement of being the first school district to earn the Unified Champion Schools status.”
“We are passionate about serving the academic, social and emotional needs of all of our students,” adds Mark Booth, director of special education for Noblesville Schools. “Our annual districtwide disability awareness week, unified Olympic games and staff Special Olympics bowling fundraiser are just some of the initiatives we have pursued to ensure students with special needs feel included among other students and in our school community.”
All 10 Noblesville schools will receive a 4’ x 6’ banner to hang in their gyms commemorating the accomplishment. Noblesville Schools’ unified Olympic games event has also been highlighted in a Special Olympics Indiana video shown statewide.
For more info, visit noblesvilleschools.org/noblesvilleschools.