West High’s Partner’s Club recognized for creating an inclusive environment for all students

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - West High School was recently recognized by the 2019 ESPN honor roll as a top 34 Special Olympics Unified Champion School for their work on inclusivity.

“It’s an opportunity for students in the general education population to spend time in a special education classroom to just hang out with kids and get to know one another,” said Kaleb Kuehn, the supervisor for the club.

Once a week, the club meets in a special education program during lunch.

“I started coming when I was a freshman,” said Quincy Donley, a student co-president of the club. “I liked the vibe of the community, I liked the message that it’s so inclusive to everyone.”

But the inclusive environment isn’t confined to the classroom.

The members often hang out after school and practice sports like bowling and skiing.

“It’s grown a lot,” Kuehn said. “Our kids getting out in the general education classes to have really helped our program.”

West High School, along with Chugiak High School, Eagle River High School and East High School’s Partner’s Club have been nationally recognized for their effective efforts in providing inclusive sports and activities for their entire student body.

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