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 Inclusion Club Develops Friendships and Empathy at Guilford

1/21/2020 12:00 AM

​Guilford High School's Inclusion Club started three years ago when students, parents and two special education teachers combined efforts to create a social club that was fun and interactive for Guilford students with or without disabilities.

The club meets twice a month from 3:40-4:40 p.m. from October until May. The club has grown each year, and this year other Guilford clubs (Somos Latinos, Student Council, Project Lead the Way) have joined us for some of our activities. Four teachers and an adult volunteer assist at each club meeting. Planned activities have included: painting pumpkins, making Veterans Day cards and a Veterans Day banner, making a thankful tree banner, making holiday themed cards, decorating flower pots and planting flowers, cleaning up school grounds for Earth Day, cooking, board games, holiday-themed Bingo, one-act skits, and having a cookout before watching a Guilford sporting event.

Besides creating new friendships, one of the goals of the club is to help students gain empathy and perspective from one another. When students without disabilities see the challenges that some students face and volunteer to help, they can apply these experiences to their own lives. Watching the students working together, laughing and enjoying their time together shows that our club is moving in the right direction.

Senior club member Diego Diaz Deleon shared that his favorite club activity is the end of the year cookout and watching a Guilford sporting event. In the past we have watched girls softball and girls soccer. 

Guilford's Inclusion Club continues to grow and provide fun, social activities for students with or without disabilities to participate in together. If you are interested in joining us please email benninb@rps205.com or guthrim@rps205.com.

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