WHOLE SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT
Be a Cool School at the Beach OR in your schoolyard!
The Special Olympics Delaware Cool Schools challenge is a unique team-building activity that combines fun, courage, school spirit, and community service for a great cause.
Steps to become a Cool School:
- Team Captain will register and create the team
- Bears each register individually, join the team through the Classy platform and each raise at least $75 to receive official Plunge hoodie
- Each Bear’s total money raised counts toward the team total
- Team determines a unique and fun way to “plunge”
- Team can plunge when and where they want, together or individually
Spread the Word – Inclusion
Spread the Word- Inclusion is an annual campaign spearheaded by Special Olympics to recognize that our choice of language frames how we treat others. More than 180 schools annually participate in activities to promote INCLUSION.
The official day worldwide is always the first Wednesday in March, but schools can host their event at any time before or after that date if it is more convenient. Schools have made the day meaningful, inclusive and engaging for their entire school community through several different ways either on one day or making it an entire week of activities, which include assemblies, pep rallies, fundraisers, Spirit Weeks, etc. And of course, including a Pledge Respect banner signing.
Ideas to Spread the Word
- Banner Signing in the cafeteria, school lobby or other high-traffic area is a great way to re-engage students to take the Pledge for Respect.
- Activity and Play Unified! Students with and without disabilities can participate together in Unified Sports recreation activities that encourage fitness, friendship and fun.
- Spirit Week with a different theme focused on respect and inclusion each day.
- Pep Rally at your school to raise awareness about the importance of compassion, respect and inclusion.
- Decorate your School with inspirational messages that remind all students how words matter.
- For younger grades: Send home “Pledge Respect” cards or cutouts with your students so that their families can also sign their name and take the pledge. Line the hallways with the cards (or cutouts).
Get into programing
This is an interactive, age-appropriate service-learning curriculum designed to advance students’ civic knowledge and skill development, promote acceptance and understanding of people’s differences and to motivate them to become advocates for and together with all people.
Involve students in learning about those who are different but who can nonetheless inspire the world with the lesson that we all have gifts to contribute no matter what our limitations.
Special Olympics Get Into It is a free curriculum that celebrates gifts – the diverse gifts of every student whatever his or her ability. Through the world of Special Olympics, every student can come to recognize that he or she has the power to make a difference.
Send a Student, Teacher, or Administrator … OVER THE EDGE!
This is a great opportunity to rally your school around sending someone conquering their fear of heights and going Over The Edge! Challenge a fellow student, teacher, classmate, administrator or even the boss to be “sent” Over the Edge … and then offer to help them raise the funds to do so!