Four FCPS Schools Named Unified Champion Schools by Special Olympics International
For their commitment to inclusion, four Fairfax County public schools have been named Unified Champion Schools by Special Olympics International. Students and staff members were praised for working to make their communities more inclusive of individuals with intellectual disabilities. FCPS’ Unified Champion Schools are Bush Hill Elementary School, Frost Middle School, Lee High School, and Robinson Secondary School. Only six schools in Virginia were named Unified Champion Schools.
“Your school community has shown impressive determination and is helping us move towards our collective goal of creating a truly ‘Unified Generation’ of young people who embrace differences and lead social change,” said Special Olympics International chairman Timothy Shriver and regional president and managing director Marc Edenzon. “You are literally redefining the future as you make your communities more inclusive of people with intellectual disabilities, and in doing so, making the world a more accepting place for all.”
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. Schools demonstrate their commitment to inclusion by meeting ten standards of excellence. The primary activities within these standards include: Special Olympics Unified Sports® (where students with and without disabilities train and compete as teammates), Inclusive Youth Leadership, and Whole-School Engagement.
Bush Hill is the only elementary school in Virginia to be named a Unified Champion School. Nationwide, 131 schools were selected as Unified Champion Schools in 2018.
For more information, contact the Fairfax County Public Schools Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.