Unified School of the Year: Brighton High School

Copy of DSCN5178Brighton completed their second year as a Unified School (formerly known as Project Unified) this year. In their first year of involvement, they offered three Unified Sports teams (soccer, basketball and flag football), started a Partners Club, held an R-Word Rally, and hosted their school’s first Unified Sports Athletic Banquet. They also participated in the Unified Relay Across America, the Boulder Polar Plunge, in addition to other fundraisers.

This low income school district has provided their students with the remarkable opportunity to be leaders in their community, with immense parent involvement. Students of all abilities have been able to come together as true teams and teammates. Students who never made athletic teams now have the opportunity to letter in a sport. Beyond that, they are learning the importance of treating everyone with respect every day. Brighton has gone above and beyond for their community, even presenting to the school district’s Board of Directors on the value of Project UNIFY and the inclusive school environment it has created.

Brighton parent Michelle Rice states “Words cannot describe what this inclusive opportunity has meant to our son, and us. We participate in every aspect this program offers, including Brighton’s athletic activities. Our focus is more than running to therapies, it now includes going to games, tournaments, and cheering on our athletes…just like the parents of typically developing students do.”