A message from Yenna Chu, President of the Grafton High School Special Olympics Club
“When I was in 9th grade, I had five special education students in my art class. Nobody said hello to them and talked to them. I felt as if there were invisible walls that separated special education students from regular students. Even in some cases, I saw a special education student become hyperactive in a hallway- the student was teased and stirred up more by other students who appeared to enjoy the situation rather than help them as friends. In fact, I also experienced a bullying from some students in my sophomore year. Fortunately, I was able to overcome it before long, but the painful experience taught me how much bullying can hurt other people. Those experiences were my turning points and I decided to start Special Olympics Club in my school.
Thankfully, with the Special Olympics Club, many students with ID are able to make friends and don’t have to have lunch alone any longer. One of our club members has Down Syndrome. She became active in our club activities such as our unified morning announcement, R-word campaign and Special Holiday Party. She has been featured in our yearbook and she was crowned prom queen last year before she graduated! She is now my best friend. She is currently working at a local healthcare center. I am so proud of her! I really appreciate all the changes the Special Olympics brought into our school and me. My school has become more inclusive and accepting than ever. Other schools in our county are now following in the inclusion revolution!”
See photos from Graton High School’s recent “Blue Shirt Day” which students wore in support of “Anti- Bullying” Month.