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Mount Olive School District to Celebrate "Choose to Include" Week from March 18th-22nd

Mount Olive, March 2024

The Mount Olive School District is set to observe  "Choose to Include" Week from March 18th to 22nd. This momentous occasion aims to foster a culture of acceptance, reduce the stigma surrounding special education, and promote inclusivity within the school community.

"Choose to Include" week sheds light on the importance of providing a supportive and enriching environment for students with diverse abilities. MOTSD has taken the lead by dedicating an entire week to celebrating inclusion, emphasizing the value of every individual, and fostering a sense of belonging for all.

Every school building within the district is actively participating in a variety of events and activities designed to raise awareness about the importance of inclusive education. From classroom discussions to special assemblies, students and staff alike will engage in conversations that promote understanding, empathy, and acceptance.

The "Choose to Include" week is not only about celebrating diversity but also about addressing and dismantling stereotypes associated with special education. By fostering an environment where differences are celebrated and embraced, all schools working towards creating a more inclusive and compassionate community.

Sharon Staszak, Director of Secondary Special Services, highlighted the significance of this initiative, saying, "Our commitment to inclusion goes beyond just one week; it is a fundamental aspect of our educational philosophy. We believe that every student deserves the opportunity to learn and thrive in an environment that recognizes and values their unique strengths."  

In further support of the  District's inclusion week, Director of Elementary Special Services, Debbie Huffman, added: "Inclusion is not just a concept; it's a commitment to recognizing the diverse abilities and strengths that each student brings to our school community. The 'Choose to Include Week' serves as a powerful reminder that by embracing differences, we not only enrich the educational experience for all but also prepare our students to thrive in a world that values diversity and empathy."

To learn more about the events happening throughout the week, please view the information below. The presentation provides an overview of the planned activities and offers valuable insights into the broader goals of inclusive education.

By embracing "Choose to Include" Week, the Mount Olive School District is taking a commendable step towards building a community where every student feels valued, respected, and empowered to reach their full potential. Through education, awareness, and collective effort, the district aims to create a lasting impact that extends far beyond this dedicated week, fostering a culture of inclusion that will endure throughout the academic year and beyond.