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Liberty Patriots Honored by Special Olympics North America as National Banner School for 2017-18 School Year

Liberty Patriots Honored by Special Olympics North America as National Banner School for 2017-18 School Year

Posted by Elizabeth Egan on 7 January, 2019

Just before winter break, the Special Olympics Washington honored Liberty High School and Patriots United as a National Banner School for the 2017-2018 school year! Patriots United is a club at Liberty that supports the inclusion of people with disabilities and people without disabilities. The club raises awareness, promotes advocacy, and builds RESPECT. Unified Champion Schools much demonstrate three necessary components: Whole School Awareness and Involvement, Inclusive Youth Leadership, and Inclusive Sports.

Morgan Larche, Unified Programs Director, explains the award with more detail, “Schools that receive this recognition are ones that have demonstrated commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 national standards of excellence. These standards were developed by a national panel of leaders from Special Olympics and the education community. The National Banner Recognition is recognized by the State Department of Education and is modeled after the National Blue Ribbon School program.”

Liberty High School in one of only 220 schools (elementary through collegiate level) in the nation to receive this honor! Liberty received a banner at the winter sports assembly, presented by Special Olympics Washington and Hasbro. The banner will hang in Liberty High School’s gym with the rest of the state banners.

Congratulations Liberty on this awesome achievement!

For more information on Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools, please visit their website: https://www.specialolympics.org/our-work/unified-champion-schools