Mass Media Messages

For convenience, here is some suggested language to use when inviting different members of your school community to participate in this celebration feel free to share links to our toolkit or celebration activities:


Administration to Teachers: 

[School name] is joining Special Olympics Maryland in celebrating Inclusive Schools on December 10th. The theme of this year’s celebration is, “the time for inclusion is NOW”– even in distance learning! Let’s take this opportunity to commend all of the wonderful work that you and your students do to value and engage all types of diverse learners. I invite you to please glance through this toolkit and offer your students the opportunity to take a quick brain-break by completing one of the celebration activities included (coloring page or bingo board): https://virtualsomd.com/news/2020/12/celebration-activities/. Let’s end the semester with an inclusive celebration! Remember to use the hashtags #MDInclusiveSchools #ChoosetoInclude #ExperienceInclusion when posting on social media!


Teachers to Students:

On Thursday, December 10, our class will be joining Special Olympics Maryland in a celebration of inclusive schools at [school name]. It’s important to remember that even though this school year looks a little different than what we’re used to, we can choose to include people of all abilities regardless of our learning model! The theme of this year’s celebration is, “the time for inclusion is NOW”– even in distance learning. To make this fun, please look through this toolkit and choose one of the quick celebration activities at the bottom to complete so we can share in class: https://virtualsomd.com/unified-champion-schools/. Let’s end the semester with an inclusive celebration! Remember to use the hashtags #MDInclusiveSchools #ChoosetoInclude #ExperienceInclusion when posting on social media!


Admin/Teachers to Parents:

Here at [school], we strive to create a school environment that values and engages all diverse learners. On Thursday, December 10th, we will be joining Special Olympics Maryland in celebrating Inclusive Schools Week and all the wonderful ways that an inclusive learning environment benefits every student, including your child. The theme for this year’s celebration is “The time for inclusion is NOW”– even in distance learning! Please consider joining in on the fun by glancing through this toolkit and encouraging your student to complete one of the easy and fun one-page celebration activities (coloring sheet or bingo board): https://virtualsomd.com/unified-champion-schools/. We so appreciate the support you give your child and our school community in helping to make the best of this school year for students of all abilities. Remember to use the hashtags #MDInclusiveSchools #ChoosetoInclude #ExperienceInclusion when posting on social media!


School Newsletter Announcement (e.g. FCPS FindOutFirst):

[LSS name] is joining Special Olympics Maryland in celebrating Inclusive Schools Week on December 10! The theme of this year’s celebration is, “the time for inclusion is NOW”– even in distance learning. Let’s take this opportunity to commend all of the wonderful work that is being done by our [LSS] administrators, educators, students, and families to create school communities that value and engage diverse learners. Explore the toolkit (including a relaxing coloring page and distance learning bingo board) to learn how to join in the celebration here: https://virtualsomd.com/unified-champion-schools/. Remember to use the hashtags #MDInclusiveSchools #ChoosetoInclude #ExperienceInclusion when posting on social media!