Sample Group Messages

School Community Messages

Administration to Teachers: 

Our [insert school name] community is joining Special Olympics Maryland to pledge to Spread the Word>> Inclusion on Wednesday, March 3rd. Our goal is to show our school-wide commitment to using respectful language, genuinely including people regardless of differences, and standing against name-calling and bullying. Please consider the following steps to make this celebration successful:

  1. We will be making pledges at https://virtualsomd.com/unified-champion-schools/#pledge — and we need all hands on deck! Please visit the site and take the pledge in the coming weeks so that, together, we reflect the wider inclusive environment of [insert school name]. 
  2. For those who prefer, there is a printable PDF pledge flyer as an option as well, also located at https://virtualsomd.com/news/2021/02/pledge-flyers/. This option is great for posts on social media.
  3. Consider using the Spread the Word>> Inclusion virtual background https://virtualsomd.com/news/2021/02/virtual-background/ during class and meetings to start conversations about inclusion. 
  4. Most importantly, please make announcements that encourage your students to take the pledge (or even give students a few minutes at the beginning of class to fill it out), and use the Spread the Word materials referenced. 

Thank you all. Let’s prove that [insert school name] chooses to include!


Teachers to Students:

Our [insert school name] community is joining Special Olympics Maryland to pledge to Spread the Word>> Inclusion on Wednesday, March 3rd. Our goal is to show our school-wide commitment to using respectful language, genuinely including people regardless of differences, and standing against name-calling and bullying. Here’s how we’re celebrating:

  1. We will be making pledges at https://virtualsomd.com/unified-champion-schools/#pledge — and we need all hands on deck! Please visit the site and take the pledge in the coming weeks so that, together, we reflect the wider inclusive environment of [insert school name]
  2. For those who prefer, there is a printable PDF pledge flyer as an option as well, also located at https://virtualsomd.com/news/2021/02/pledge-flyers/. This option is great for posts on social media.
  3. Consider using the Spread the Word>> Inclusion virtual background https://virtualsomd.com/news/2021/02/virtual-background/ during class and meetings to start conversations about inclusion. 

I’ve already taken my pledge– join me. 

Thanks, guys. Let’s prove that [insert school name] chooses to include!


Principal’s Letter Home:

Our [insert school name] community is joining Special Olympics Maryland to pledge to Spread the Word>> Inclusion on Wednesday, March 3rd. Our goal is to show our school-wide commitment to using respectful language, genuinely including people regardless of differences, and standing against name-calling and bullying. Of course, your support for your student and for our school is so crucial to making this fun and successful! Here’s how we’re celebrating:

  1. We will be making pledges at https://virtualsomd.com/unified-champion-schools/#pledge — and we need all hands on deck! Please visit the site and take the pledge in the coming weeks so that, together, we reflect the wider inclusive environment of [insert school name]
  2. For those who prefer, there is a printable PDF pledge flyer as an option as well, also located at https://virtualsomd.com/news/2021/02/pledge-flyers/. This option is great for posts on social media.
  3. Consider using the Spread the Word>> Inclusion virtual background https://virtualsomd.com/news/2021/02/virtual-background/ during class and meetings to start conversations about inclusion. 

Students, faculty, staff, and parents are encouraged to visit the site at any time to take the pledge and utilize the materials, to reflect the wider inclusive environment of [insert school name]. Thanks for getting involved, and for your ongoing support!


School Newsletter Announcement:

Attention [insert LSS/ school name]! Our community is joining Special Olympics Maryland to pledge to Spread the Word>> Inclusion on Wednesday, March 3rd. Our goal is to show our [choose school-wide or county-wide] commitment to using respectful language, genuinely including people regardless of differences, and standing against name-calling and bullying. We will be pledging to include at https://virtualsomd.com/unified-champion-schools/#pledge and are counting on our supportive students, teachers, administrators, and families to visit the site at any time and make their pledges. For those who prefer, there is a printable PDF pledge flyer as an option as well, also located at https://virtualsomd.com/news/2021/02/pledge-flyers/. This option is great for posts on social media. Let’s work together to reflect the wider inclusive environment of [insert LSS/school name]— tell us why you pledge to include!


Media Outlet Message

Directions Customize and send this letter to local newspapers to notify them about your school’s Spread the Word activation.

Dear Editor,

As [insert publication name] is a leader in driving local culture, we need your support, and the support of your readers, for the Spread the Word Inclusion campaign to help make a stand against words and actions that discriminate against those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This and every year, we are committing to replacing that language with words that BUILD UP others.

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities have had to overcome the challenges society has put forth through stereotypes for too long. It is time for a change and you and your readers can help. 

Special Olympics Maryland athletes/Best Buddies participants like [insert athlete/participant name] accomplish great things, are members of our local communities, and deserve the same respect and dignity that each of us expects from others in return.

With your publication reaching [insert publication audience number] of subscribers/members of the community, you have a large influence and can help us get members of the community to take the pledge to spread inclusion at https://virtualsomd.com/unified-champion-schools/#pledge. If the role of a local leader like [insert publication name] is to inform and create positive change in the community, what better way than to help us to Spread the Word Inclusion? In turn, the support will create communities of acceptance and inclusion for all people. Please support our mission and help us get your readers to pledge at https://virtualsomd.com/unified-champion-schools/#pledge.

Sincerely,

[NAME]


Viral Email 

Directions Send an email with the following content or your own message to friends and family.

Dear, 

I invite you to join me in an on-going campaign to stop all types of discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. By joining the Spread the Word Inclusion movement, you will join over 1,000,000 people who have pledged their support to create an inclusive society. I/We hope you join the movement by making your pledge to spread inclusion and unity. 

Visit https://virtualsomd.com/unified-champion-schools/#pledge to take the pledge and together we can foster acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at [insert school name]. Share your pledge on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook by using #SpreadTheWord and #PledgeInclusion and invite others to join you. 

Start conversations about inclusion with our original Special Olympics Maryland Spread the Word>>Inclusion virtual background, which can be found here: https://virtualsomd.com/news/2021/02/virtual-background/. Or, post an image of you with your Spread the Word>>Inclusion pledge flyer which can be found here: https://virtualsomd.com/news/2021/02/pledge-flyers/ to your social accounts to help spread the word!

The revolution for inclusion starts with you and me.

Thank you, 

[NAME]


Press Release

Download our Spread the Word >> Inclusion Press Release, customize it for your school, and send it!