Mead Junior High in Elk Grove raises Special Olympics banner

 
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Updated 11/20/2018 7:28 PM
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  • A banner from Special Olympics is unveiled Tuesday at Mead Junior High in Elk Grove Village. The banner recognizes the school's achievements in inclusion, advocacy and respect.

      A banner from Special Olympics is unveiled Tuesday at Mead Junior High in Elk Grove Village. The banner recognizes the school's achievements in inclusion, advocacy and respect. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • From left, Gaby Lee, Nitheya Mahesh and Stella Richter, all seventh-grade members of Club Unify at Mead Junior High in Elk Grove Village, enter the gym to cheers on Tuesday.

      From left, Gaby Lee, Nitheya Mahesh and Stella Richter, all seventh-grade members of Club Unify at Mead Junior High in Elk Grove Village, enter the gym to cheers on Tuesday. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Mead Junior High School in Elk Grove Village raised a Special Olympics Unified Champion School banner Tuesday, a recognition of its meeting national standards of excellence in the areas of inclusion, advocacy and respect.

Mead is one of only four schools in Illinois and 132 nationwide to attain the National Banner designation.

Schools receiving the distinction have demonstrated a commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 standards of excellence developed by a national panel of leaders from Special Olympics and the education community.

"The banner recognition shows that these kids have worked hard to make sure everyone is included, regardless of their abilities", said Kelly O'Reilly, a Special Olympics program specialist at Schaumburg Township Elementary School District 54

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