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Spreadin’ the word to stop the ‘R’ word

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 12th, 2014

Damian Rosas (center) smiles on as Page High students Talon Cocker (left) and Paris Boyles (right) “spread the word to end the R-word” during a March 5 event at the high school.

Page High students pledged to stop using the “R word” last Wednesday as part of an awareness campaign sponsored by the Special Olympics. The campaign accompanies a host of newly adopted special education programs by Page High School this year.

The campaign, according to its website, “asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word (retarded) as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people. Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions. “

Special education teacher and coordinator of the campaign, Valerie Campbell, alongside Page Special Olympics Coach Damian Rosas, handed out bracelets and stickers to those who pledged their promises with a signature.

For the complete article see the 03-12-2014 issue.

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