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Crayton Receives National Recognition for Commitment to Inclusion

Crayton Middle School has been named a National Banner Unified Champion School by the Special Olympics.

Richland One is a Unified Champion School District, which means that all Richland One schools are engaged in activities with Special Olympics to support an inclusive and collaborative school climate.

Unified Champion Schools, like Crayton, that demonstrate commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 standards of excellence receive national banner recognition. Crayton is one of only four South Carolina schools to be awarded the distinction this year.

“Having one of our schools achieve the national banner recognition as a result of efforts made in its first year of implementation is truly remarkable and is indicative of the commitment of the Crayton Middle School team to support acceptance and inclusion of special needs students,” said Richland One Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon.

The 10 standards of excellence that Crayton met to earn the recognition were developed by a national panel of leaders from Special Olympics and the education community. The primary activities within those standards include: Special Olympics Unified Sports® (where students with and without disabilities train and compete as teammates), Inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole-School Engagement.

“The teachers and students at Crayton truly appreciate one another for the uniqueness that each of us brings to the table. I am proud to see their hard work and dedication to each other be celebrated nationally,” said Crayton Principal Angela Burns.