Memorial Unified: Promoting inclusivity
Memorial High School is home to a variety of clubs and organizations that highlight the diverse and unique student body. The Memorial Unified club, one of the largest clubs on campus, stands out especially, due to their mission to promote inclusivity amongst students with and without intellectual disabilities. Memorial Unified provides students with an opportunity to practice leadership, kindness, and school spirit.
Throughout the year, Memorial Unified hosts multiple events that encourage students to get involved. The club throws a monthly party to build excitement for upcoming events.
Memorial Unified hosts Special Olympics games of different sports throughout both semesters. During these games, Special Education students have the opportunity to play on a sports team, cheer on the sidelines, or perform at halftime for all their classmates. Students and faculty love to cheer on their fellow Mustangs at these can’t-miss events.
Earlier this year, Memorial Unified paired up with the Memorial golf teams to hold a Special Olympics golf event. Players from the boys’ and girls’ golf teams came out to share the love of golf with the Unified golf team, assisting them in their game and helping them with technique.
One recent event is the powerlifting competition, where Special Education students, Unified members, and student volunteers paired up to compete amongst each other.
Other events this school year have included bowling and a field trip to NASA. Through these events, Memorial Unified is able to stress the importance of inclusivity and give students a first-hand look at how kindness can work in the lives of others.
The presence of Unified on campus has been more prominent than ever this year, with many new members joining. This has given them a great platform to share their message around school, which has spread around the community and neighborhood as well. As the year goes on, you can follow along @memorialunified on Instagram for an inside look.
Editor’s note: Keira originally wrote this piece for our School Buzz blog.
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