Special Olympics Delaware recently awarded Fred Fifer III Middle School with a Unified Champion School recognition banner. The coveted banners are awarded to schools that have distinguished themselves as exemplary in creating an inclusive school climate.
Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, Caesar Rodney School District Superintendent stated, “The staff and students of Fifer Middle School should be proud of this great accomplishment. The Special Olympics recognition adds to the growing influence of the Unified program across the district. Our entire community congratulates Fifer Middle School on earning the Unified Champion School banner. Thank you for everything you do to promote inclusion.”
A school that receives Unified Banner School status in Delaware has gone above and beyond the minimum requirements to be considered a Unified Champion School focusing on Unified sports, Whole School Engagement and Youth Leadership. A state banner school exemplifies and models what Inclusion can be in a school setting by engaging the entire school community in all-inclusive activities that are often led by the students. Using Unified sports as a foundation in the sports of basketball and soccer, Fred Fifer Middle School then expanded its all-inclusive programming to include youth-led -- students with and without disabilities -- activities to engage the entire school. These activities included but were not limited to organizing the annual Spread the Word - INCLUSION campaign and the coinciding Spirit Week and also raising funds to send a teacher "over the edge" to benefit Special Olympics.