Students and staff at Lee’s Summit North High School joined forces on March 28 in support of a national campaign to end the use of the “R-word.”
The campaign recognizes that “our choice of language frames how we think about others” and seeks to eliminate the derogatory use of the R-word from everyday speech while promoting the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.
More than 300 students signed banners in support of the campaign with additional students signing the pledge online. LSNHS special-education staff members, with the assistance of life skills students and members of Bronco Buddies, facilitated the signing of the banners and the online pledge.
Bronco Buddies is a new club including LSNHS students who mentor and befriend life skills students at the school.
Students and staff also wore T-shirts supporting the pledge. In addition, LSNHS broadcasting students created a video featuring students in the school explaining their reasons for taking the pledge.
This was the second year that LSNHS has participated in this national campaign.