The Spreading the Word to End the Word campaign started several years ago — but now the Special Olympics is expanding it. KELOLAND’s Whitney Fowkes joined the Susan B. Anthony Elementary School Assembly to see what was added to the campaign.
Mayor Paul TenHakan announced the Choose Inclusion Campaign Wednesday at the Susan B. Anthony Elementary School.
“Special Olympics has always done some sort of spread the word to end the word and that would be the r-word. Well, this year they decided to add the inclusion aspect of it which is really awesome,” Marrina Kaun said.
The Sioux Falls elementary school has taken steps to make sure everyone in their school is included.
“Last year was our first year of partnership with Special Olympics we became a united champion school last year. That means we’ve dedicated our time and our efforts towards being united with students with disabilities and students with not,” Marrina Kaun said.
Wednesday, the whole school gathered at the Choose Inclusion assembly to learn how they can do just that.
“Even if people are different you can include them,” Leah Yerdon said.
How do you do that?
“If they’re sitting on a bench and they’re lonely you can come up and say do you want to play or something,” Leah Yerdon said.
Students from Augustana University helped teach the importance of teaming up with each other through a video.
“We talk about disabilities and part of that stems out with inclusion so we figured we’d spread it out to the community come do an assembly and help make an impact on elementary kids’ lives,” Michael Schefer said.
To learn more about the Special Olympics Campaign click here.