Chugiak high school receives Special Olympic National Unified Champion school banner

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Chugiak high school received its banner from Special Olympics today. It honors the school as a National Unified Champion school. Chugiak is one of four schools in Alaska to be recognized nationally.

The banner was revealed in front of the entire school at the winter assembly on Friday.

"Today's assembly was a really good demonstration of what the school climate is like here at Chugiak High," Special Olympics Alaska vice president and Chief Operating Officer Sarah Arts said. "The students really get behind accepting and including all students, no matter what their background and it's just, as a sports organization, seeing them use unified sports as a vehicle to include other people is just so special and meaningful for us."

Partners Club, which is where students pair up with other students who have special needs, will be participating in one of Special Olympics' biggest events of the year, the Polar Plunge. They'll be plunging on December 21 at Goose Lake.

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