The Special Olympics organization creates resources for schools and programs throughout the country to help others implement programs. In a newly released edition of “Playbook Resources,” Meadow Brook Elementary School is highlighted as a leading elementary school and a Unified Champion School. “Playbook Resources” are designed for educators, students, and Special Olympics Programs. Each playbook is broken down into sections that, along with the additional resources, will assist a school in becoming and sustaining Unified Champion School status. According to the Special Olympics site, the resource gives tips and suggestions to make a school socially inclusive.
Meadow Brook Elementary School is featured on pages 23-24 of the elementary playbook. According to the playbook, At Meadow Brook Elementary School, K–4 students have the opportunity to sign up to be LINKS—that is, Loyal, Interested, Nurturing, Kind Students. One hundred and thirty-five students participate in LINKS/UCS; each student in the cognitively impaired program has a LINKS partner for each school day, leading to lots of opportunities for inclusive youth leadership, whole school engagement, and inclusive sports. Inclusion occurs throughout each school day, every day. Students from two cognitively impaired classrooms have LINKS partners during classroom inclusion, specials, lunch, recess, field trips; through bus buddies; and more. When possible, students keep these partners throughout the years to allow friendships to deepen and bonds to grow. To read more about Meadow Brook students making a difference in their school culture, click here for the online playbook, and go to page 23.