Abilities Awareness Week Comes to Westlake Hills Elementary
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Abilities Awareness Week Comes to Westlake Hills Elementary

Promoting empathy and understanding is at the center of Westlake Hills Elementary School’s first ever Abilities Awareness Week happening from September 23rd to September 27th. This special weeklong, school wide, fully integrated event will give students knowledge and insight about various different disabilities.

The kick-off assembly for the week’s activities took place on Monday morning and featured guest speaker Catapult Cody Jones. Cody has cerebral palsy and is a 2016 Paralympian who represents the United States of America, throwing the javelin. During his remarks, Cody encouraged students to be the best person they can be, and to give all peers the opportunity to be their friends. He then demonstrated his Olympic-worthy skills, by throwing the javelin. The school’s principal Jim Marshall even took a turn throwing the javelin!

Throughout the week, students will have the opportunity to participate in five simulation stations that focus on: autism, ADHD, intellectual disability, mobility disability, and hearing impairment. Each WHE class will participate working through the different stations that feature different simulation activities. Teachers and volunteers will be on hand to help guide students.

There will also be a slew of other special guests and motivational speakers at the school this week, as well as the Guide Dogs of America, and the Sparkles Cheerleaders from Westlake High School.

The week will culminate with every class taking the “Words Hurt Pledge,” which signifies students’ commitment to take care of, and be kind to one another. Way to go Westlake Hills Elementary School – what an incredible way to promote inclusion, and understanding!
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