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The Valley Breeze & Observer 01-09-2020

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JANUARY 9-15, 2020 IN OUR SCHOOLS 7 SMITHFIELD – Dozens of Anna McCabe Elementary School students were learning about Down syndrome in the school's cafeteria on Tuesday when representatives from Hasbro arrived to announce that the school will be recognized as a Special Olympics Unified Champion banner school. McCabe students learned that they will be the first elementary school in Rhode Island to receive national ban- ner status and will receive a banner in a celebration on Jan. 31. Sports are the gateway to inclusion, said McCabe's Unified Coach Alicia Marques-Jordan, but playing sports is not the only route. While sports is a start, she said McCabe's students learn inclusion through education programs such as the one presented Tuesday by the Down Syndrome Society of Rhode Island, and through social interactions, to the point where it is now natural. "To me, really, it's the way it should be. Inclusion is natural," Marques- Jordan said. Marques-Jordan brought the Special Olympics unified sports program to the school four years ago and has expand- ed it each year. "It starts with sports to bring people together," she said. Inclusion is as easy as welcoming students to share a lunch table or play- ing outside with them, Marques-Jordan said. It then becomes a natural friend- ship. Marques-Jordan said she's applied to be a banner school for the past four years, and is proud to achieve the sta- tus. To students' delight, Kevin Colman, global philanthropy and social impact director at Hasbro, said each student will receive a toy during the celebra- tion at the end of the month. "Your school went above and beyond what it means to be an inclusive school. You should be proud of your school," Colman said. Colman said Hasbro partnered with Special Olympics North America to encourage students to be kind, brave and inclusive, and McCabe exemplifies those standards. Pointing to McCabe's students and staff, he said the school's programs and teams help students to be inclusive to everyone, everywhere, every day. "We're really proud of you," Colman said. Special Olympics recognizes McCabe as banner school By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE It was announced on Jan. 7 that Anna McCabe Elementary School in Smithfield is one of four elementary schools in the U.S. to receive National Banner Status by Special Olympics of North America for the school's commitment to inclusion, by meeting 10 national standards of excellence. On right, MICHELLE COLEMAN, of the Down Syndrome Society of R.I., helps young students understand others with Down syndrome. With her is CRYSTAL GREENE, president of the Down Syndrome Society of R.I. Creative Pool System, Inc. Swimming Pool Supplies & Services 17 Commerce Street, Greenville (behind A&W) • 949-4400 In shop Salt Cell and Filter Cartridge overnight deep cleaning Service, Supplies, Parts, Advice, In-Shop Repairs, and Free Water Testing! Take the next big step in joint replacement. Step 1: Get a joint replacement procedure. Step 2: Go home the same day. Introducing same-day joint replacement procedures that help patients recover from the comfort of home with no overnight hospital stay, thanks to the partnership between Ortho Rhode Island's first-class orthopedic surgeons and state-of-the-art technology at the South County Health Orthopedics Center. Learn more at or call for an appointment: 401.777.7000 Partners in Orthopedic Innovation +

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