Helix Charter High Games Of Champions

Students Compete and Celebrate

HELIX HIGH -- Students, athletes, and musicians gathered with the student body at Helix Charter High School Tuesday to celebrate the athletic achievements of the school's special education students.

Sporting activities were mixed with performances by the band and color guard as students shared in the achievements of fellow students who are living and learning with significant challenges.

The event was intended to contribute to efforts to eliminate the use of the word "retarded'' in describing special education students.

The event featured the "R-Word” campaign, inspired by a national movement on Facebook and Youtube, known as “Spread the Word to End the Word” (www.r-word.org). Attendees were asked to help to eliminate the demeaning use of the word “retarded.”

“Our goal is to encourage students, staff and community members to have a conversation about the use of the word ‘retarded’ and pledge their support to build awareness and end the use of the ‘r-word’ in our community,” explained Kim Fleming, Special Educator and staff supervisor of the Games. “Most people- teenaged students in particular- don't think of this word as hate speech, but that's exactly what it feels like to millions of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and friends.”

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