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National Inclusion Project club now meeting at SMFHS

Published: October 9, 2016 12:00 AM
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Stow-Munroe Falls High School has partnered with United Disability Services (UDS) to host a new after-school club, the National Inclusion Project, for students with and without disabilities. On Sept. 14, the high school hosted a kick-off event for students and community members to learn about the program.

The National Inclusion Project works to bridge the gap between young people with and without disabilities. All high school students are invited to join. The club will meet every Wednesday from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.

"We are excited to begin offering this club to our students," said Amanda Murray, Stow-Munroe Falls High School principal. "This is a great way to bring the students together to have fun and get to know one another. Additionally, the club will provide the opportunity for all students to share their talents and make a positive impact in the Stow-Munroe Falls community."

Each week, students will participate in a variety of activities. Based on a student survey that was completed last year, the first five weeks' activities were planned. During the first five weeks, the students will plan the second five-week activities.

"Our district was pleased to partner with United Disability Services to offer this new program to our students," said Superintendent Tom Bratten. "The club provides many opportunities for our students to share ideas, learn and grow together."

Students can sign up to participate at any time by contacting Danielle Marino, UDS recreational coordinator, by email dmarino@udsakron.org, or by phone at 330-762-9755, ext. 233, or by filling out the registration form in Peggy Peters' room at the high school.

"With the support of the National Inclusion Project, we are excited to be able to work with Stow-Munroe Falls High School to expand inclusionary activities for students through its afterschool program," said Howard Taylor, UDS president/CEO. "We are honored to have been selected by the National Inclusion Project as one of only 12 organizations chosen to participate in this extraordinary nationwide initiative."

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