Larsen Elementary helps “Spread the Word to End the Word.”
On Tuesday March 22nd Larsen Elementary students met for an assembly sponsored in part by Special Olympics and Best Buddies International called “Spread the Word to End the Word.”
Spread the Word is a movement created by youth all over the country that encourages kids to think about the words they use and how what they say affects those around them. Specifically, Spread the Word is about helping others to be aware of not using the R-word or the word ‘Retarded.’ Using this word is hurtful to those with intellectual disabilities and their families.
Two special guests were invited to come and share some insightful and heartwarming stories. Ms. Gwen Allen, one of Larsen’s 6th grade teachers brought her brother Neil, and Mrs. Natalee Hansen, a technician at Larsen, brought her niece McKenna.
Students were then invited to pledge or commit to stop using and help others stop using the R-word and encourage the use of a new R-word…. RESPECT.
We would also like to thank Mrs. Kim Head, Larsen's head librarian and her daughters Aubrey and Ashley for putting together such a great assembly! Thank you, it was awesome!
WAY TO GO LARSEN LEOPARDS!!!!