South Salem High School pairs special needs students with peers in unified program

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South Salem High School was recently recognized at its Choose to Include assembly as a Unified Champion School by Special Olympics Oregon. They are the 15th school in the state to earn the distinction, and the only one in Salem-Keizer Public Schools.

South Salem is part of the growing movement to make schools more inclusive for  students with special needs and different abilities, not just by offering classes and activities, but by creating a school environment in which bullying is not tolerated, stereotypes aren’t perpetuated and hurtful language isn’t used.

Read the full story here.

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is a freelance journalist and author based in Salem, Oregon. She wrote about education for more than seven years at the Statesman Journal and now covers education and other topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French from Willamette University.

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