Special Olympics Unified Champions
Bonner Springs High School and Clark Middle School were recently named Unified Champion Schools, a national designation through Special Olympics. USD 204 is the only district in Kansas or Missouri to receive this honor. A Special Olympics Unified Champion School has an inclusive school climate and exudes a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all members of the student body and staff. A Unified Champion School receiving national banner recognition is one that has demonstrated commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 national standards of excellence. These standards were developed by a national panel of leaders from Special Olympics and the education community.
Rick Moulin, Principal at Bonner Springs High School, says this award shows the true culture of inclusivity that has been fostered in USD 204. “Our students and staff have created a culture of acceptance, an environment where regardless of the color of your skin, socio-economic status, intellectual ability, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation that when you come to school you can learn, be accepted, and valued,” said Moulin. “This award is a direct reflection of our faculty and staff and our students working together to create an environment of respect and acceptance.”
Both schools celebrated this major milestone with an assembly on Friday, November 30th. The celebration included a special appearance by Sporting Kansas City Midfielder Ilie Sanchez, who praised both schools and recognized the talents of all the student athletes.
A banner recognizing this achievement now hangs in the District PE Center.