Lakeville Area Public Schools is seeking nominations of staff and students who go above and beyond to include all students in their school community.
The awards are sponsored by the district’s Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) and presented in conjunction with Inclusive Schools Week Dec. 4-8, 2017. The event is promoted by the Inclusive Schools Network and has been held since 2001 to celebrate the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population. This includes students who are marginalized because of disability, gender, socioeconomic status, cultural heritage, language preferences and other factors.
“We want to recognize district employees, students, and school volunteers who have been instrumental in fostering the inclusion and acceptance of students with special needs and diverse backgrounds in our schools,” said Renae Ouillette, executive director of Student Services. “Each day, these individuals go out of their way to make our schools welcoming places for all children and youth to learn and grow. These actions, whether big or small, make our schools special.”
In addition to the awards, the district’s Special Education Advisory Council provides treats to all district staff during the week and encourages all schools to join in the celebration using resources and activities available at www.inclusiveschools.org.
“As the parent of a child with special needs, I appreciate the extra efforts that so many of our district staff, students and volunteers make to ensure all children feel welcomed, valued and included in the Lakeville Schools,” said David Anderson, chairperson for the SEAC.
To nominate a student, staff member or volunteer, fill out the online form by 4 p.m. Nov. 29, 2017. Award recipients will be presented during the celebration week. All nominees will receive a certificate and a copy of their nomination.
Please contact Renae Ouillette at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.