Some students at Irvington High School in Fremont are doing more than their part to make their school a more respectful and accepting campus – and we are thrilled to share with you some of their accomplishments!
Our first interaction with IHS was when a student emailed us this:
I am Emon, co-president of Irvington High School’s Social Emphasis, a club focused on raising tolerance for people with intellectual disabilities. We are interested in hosting a rally at our high school for this cause with a focus on eliminating the r-word from derogatory speech. We were wondering if it would be possible to have a special athlete and a Special Olympics representative come to our rally as guest speakers and share their experiences, opinions, etc.
Their r-word rally was a smashing success! It was standing-room only and the students say they never had that kind of turnout before! Each member of Social Emphasis gave a personal anecdote about the r-word and why it’s hurtful to them and others.
So many of the students took the pledge to stop using the r-word, and the club also had bracelets made for their classmates to promote respect for all. Stephanie – the Special Olympics athlete we posted about in this post – spoke at the rally and answered questions. Here’s the Social Emphasis Club with our athlete Stephanie!
But that wasn’t it! The Social Emphasis Club also put together this fantastic and powerful video:
We are thrilled to say that Irvington High School will have its special education students participate in the sports aspect of our Schools Partnership Program this year!
Thank you to the Social Emphasis Club and Irvington High School for inviting us to be a part of such an extraordinary day that promoted respect for all!