Special Olympics Northern California (SONC) and its Youth Activation Committee (YAC) hosted a fun-filled week of events and campaigns during Inclusive Spirit Week from March 1-5.
Inclusive Spirit Week was built around the Spread the Word >> Inclusion movement, formally Spread the Word to End the Word. It recognizes the need to build connections and ensure that everyone feels seen, heard, and valued on campus and in their communities.
Inclusive Spirit Week was driven through social media and encouraged schools, teachers, administrators and students to share and be involved. Activity appeared largely through the new @sonc_yac Instagram account. Daily events were:
The SONC YAC was primarily responsible for the planning and execution of Inclusive Spirit Week. The YAC is comprised of students with and without disabilities who work together to learn, grow friendships, and create change.
To round out Inclusive Spirit Week, SONC hosted an Inclusive Essay Contest for students. Check out the winning essay below from Aries, an 11th grader from Hayward High School:
Perfect Doesn’t Matter
I see, I hear, I feel & I love,
Perfect doesn’t matter.
What I see is beautiful
What I hear is musical
What I feel is serene
& I love all.
I don’t see ugly
I don’t hear bad
I don’t feel disgusted
& I love all.
In my eyes I see beauty
In my ears I hear grace
In my soul I feel love
We are all exactly the same
Because perfect doesn’t matter.