Get involved in: Inclusion Club

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Inclusion Club made its debut this fall and is providing opportunities for special education students to include themselves in events and activities they would not normally be a part of.

They will be attending the girls’ basketball game January 11th and having a holiday party December 14th.   

The club meets twice a month on Thursdays after school. It consists of volunteers who will help and provide support for the special education student at a given event. One regular student is paired up with a special education student to work on activities together. Everyone is welcomed to join the program.

Many students have already joined and are thrilled about the chance of helping special education students have fun and be more involved during their high school experience.

“We want them (volunteers) to treat them as regular students, as equals,” said Mr. Brett Benning, Inclusion Club advisor. “Our job is to provide inclusion for our kids.”

The club is not only providing special education students opportunities to participate in more after school activities; in addition, students who want to help are gaining new experiences as well.

“My little sister is in special education,” said Kathryn Flygare, junior. “As long as I can remember I have been involved with special ed and have experience working with autistic kids.”

Volunteers in the club are very excited to bond and participate in projects with the special education students.

“We have been writing letters to the veterans, making Thanksgiving cards, and working on Christmas ornaments,” said Guadalupe Serrano, freshman. “I really love it (Inclusion Club) and recommend other students to join.”

Students believe that the club has had a positive impact on the special education program and their own experience while being a part of the program.

“It’s been really insightful for me,” said Flygare. “I get to experience a broader image of all the special education students, instead of just my sister’s.”

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