Number of Participants: 32
Hours Donated: 2
Value of Time Served: $541
Event Type: Disabled
Date: March 18, 2019
During the week of March 18, students at Elwood Middle School participated in Disabilities Awareness Week. Each day held different activities to help raise awareness and encourage students’ empathy towards disabled individuals.
Along with daily inclusive and motivational quotes delivered over the morning announcements, students made pledges to “Disable the Label” and wore wristbands to show their support, experienced playing basketball in a wheelchair, and participated in in-class challenges to emulate what someone with a physical disability might feel on a regular basis.
Students also attended a special assembly hosted by a young man who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was young, but now visits hospitals around the country making up songs and creating cartoons to raise patients spirits.
“All week we encouraged students to see the “able” and not the label,” said special education teacher Ms. Martine Pirolo. “And we hope that this mindset will carry over into their everyday lives, continuing to enhance the atmosphere of empathy and kindness in our school.”
- Students at Elwood Middle School participated in Disabilities Awareness Week, participating in different activities to help raise awareness and encourage students’ empathy towards disabled individuals.
- Students at EMS experienced playing basketball in a wheelchair to better empathize with physically disabled individuals during the week or March 18.
Photos courtesy of the Elwood Union Free School District
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