Ewing School Unified Programs Celebrate Respect Week!
The Ewing Township Public Schools' Unified Programs hosted their annual Respect Week from May 17th to May 21st!
In previous years, the district's Respect Week hosted a weeklong of themed dress up days and culminated with Unified Field Days. This year due to the pandemic, the district's Unified Clubs and advisors designed a Covid-friendly outdoor Respect Week full of engaging activities for students in general education and special education classes across the district.
The week kicked off with a tie-dye and rainbow-themed “Art Night” where students participated in various art activities including tie-dying shirts, friendship bracelet making, decorating masks, lanyard key chains, and many other art activities. Participants also had the opportunity to bring home books from the Ewing High School's Unified Club book drive on behalf of BookSmiles.
“A huge thank you to the Ewing High School Unified Club, the Ewing High School Art Club and the Ewing Township Education Association's F.A.S.T. committee, especially committee members Brooke Stock and Jamie Van Hise, who purchased and donated the books to the book drive,” Unified Program Mentor Katlin Doolan stated.
The second and third night consisted of a sports themed day where students played in a kickball tournament, and a crazy sock day (for Down Syndrome Awareness) where participants participated in Field Day races and activities. The Ewing High School Boys Basketball team volunteered to assist during the kickball tournament.
“The final two nights brought our virtual activities to life!” Ms. Doolan added.
On Thursday participants participated in Life Size Video games where students dressed as their favorite video game character and participated in an “Among Us” tag game, Angry Birds throwing game, and a Mario Circuit racing game. The Respect Week concluded on Friday evening, with an outdoor movie night where students dressed in red and blue for Autism awareness and acceptance.
“On behalf of the Ewing Township Unified Programs, we would like to thank all the students, volunteers, and parents who supported and participated in the Unified Respect Week Carnival,” Ms. Doolan shared. “We had a wonderful turnout with about 100 students per night! A special thank you to Dave Hauserman and the entire Unified Staff who worked so diligently to make this weeklong event possible. Be on the lookout for more Unified activities next school year!”