Capital and Carroll recognized as Unified Champion Schools by Special Olympics

Megan Michelotti

Special Olympics North America is recognizing Capital High School and Carroll College for their continual work toward inclusivity in their programming for students with and without intellectual disabilities.

“Only 166 schools in the entire country were chosen this year for National Banner School recognition,” said Jeanette Gray, UCS senior director for Special Olympics Montana. “This is only the second year for schools in Montana to be chosen. This shows the level of commitment and dedication our schools have shown to promote social inclusion where all students are welcome and included.”

The Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools (UCS) program promotes social inclusion through intentional activities that in turn affect systems-wide change. Capital and Carroll had to complete long application and verification processes that were reviewed at both the state and national board of reviewers level. With Capital and Carroll, there’s now three total Unified Champion Schools in Montana that can hang the official UCS banner proudly in their gyms.

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Unified Champion Schools hold this title for four years, and after that, they have the opportunity to reapply. Capital has been a UCS for the past

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