The joy of celebrating our differences RBMS first school in area to become a Unified Champions School

Unified Champions show their commitment to a great program. Photo provided

Champions come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re recognized as such for endless reasons. Not every champion wins a gold medal or takes first place in the race. Some champions are perceived as so for the choices they make and the lives they touch. That is the case of more than a dozen kids in Eagle Grove who are now officially known as Unified Champions.

It all started with Robert Blue Middle School Special Education Teacher Andi Smock. For years, she and her students, along with elementary and high school students and coaches as well, have participated in Special Olympics. But she wanted to give them other experiences as well, so she got them signed up for the Unified Sports Day, sponsored by Special Olympics, held last November at Buena Vista University (BV). The event has been held for several years, but this was the first time Eagle Grove had ever participated.

They told Smock her special needs students would be paired with BV students to help them in a variety of events. Smock asked instead if she could bring along her own student peers for the day. The organizer commented that nobody had ever requested that before, but he loved the idea.

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