On Thursday, April 14th, the Student Council brought the high school together to participate in the Special Olympics’ “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign, where students learned about and discussed the harmful stigma perpetuated by the "r-word" as well as how we can make our community more inclusive and accepting. Given the size and nature of Woods, we want to be sure that our community is not isolated from real-world issues and is constantly focusing on ways to improve, as communities are always a work in progress. We were visited by two Special Olympians, Romas and Kristine, who spoke to us and then participated in the grade-level discussions.. We ended the day by breaking out into groups of fours and fives and collaborating to make posters of a world in which the problems we discussed did not exist. Through creativity, students were able to express what they learned and make the learning experience more memorable. All in all, it was a great day for students to learn about themselves, their classmates, the world around them, and about getting involved with the great organization that is the Special Olympics.
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