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Clear Spring High Named Special Olympics National Banner Unified Champion School; Celebration on March 6

Posted February 25, 2020

HAGERSTOWN, MD (February 25, 2020) – Clear Spring High School will celebrate a national Special Olympics honor during a program on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 2 p.m. Clear Spring has been named a Special Olympics National Banner Unified Champion School, becoming a member of Maryland’s inaugural class of honored schools. A Unified Champion School is recognized for its inclusive school climate and for displaying a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all members of the student body and staff. National banner recognition results from demonstrating commitment to inclusion by meeting ten national standards of excellence, which were developed by a national panel of leaders from Special Olympics and the education community.

The award application process was led by Unified coaches Erin Wadel and Matt Kinman, along with Best Buddies Club advisor Melissa Cullers. The award represents efforts by current and former members of Unified sports teams and the Best Buddies Club over a number of years to create an environment of respect, advocacy and inclusion of all students and staff at Clear Spring High School.

The March 6 program will be preceded by a parade of Unified sports teams and Best Buddies Club members from the elementary to middle school and on to the high school auditorium.