The staff at OB Gates Elementary get into the spirit of “Pay to Play”
For this school year, OB Gates Elementary School students and staff are presented with a monthly challenge “pay to play”. Students and staff alike are encouraged to pay $1.00 to be donated to Area 6 Special Olympics, for unique privilages each month. In September the $1.00 donated provided a day to dress as a Pirate or Princess. In October the donations provided a day to dress as your favorite book character. Novembers treat was to wear your camo or tutus or both. For December it will be a school wide Polar Express event. Everyone is invited to wear their PJ’s to school and donate their $1.00 to Area 6.
Students and staff dressed for Pirates and Princesses “Pay to Play” day.
O.B. Gates Elementary will continue to fund raise for Special Olympics Virginia Area 6 throughout the school year. They are already working on a special fund raiser, a 5K Run/Walk, that is planned for April 18, 2015 More information will come as we get closer to the date.
Along with their fundraising efforts annually, and as part of National Inclusive Schools Week, O.B. Gates continues to take the opportunity to celebrate all differences in our school and community. They had school wide events throughout the week, including Disabilities Awareness Workshops with “hands on” stations. With these stations the student population experienced and better understands a variety of disabilities including visual impairment, Deaf and Hard of Hearing and motor impairment, etc.
Students performing their special rap of “Spread the Word to End the Word”
The culminating event was a school wide performance prepared not only as part of National Inclusive School week but as an effort to continue their commitment to support Project Unify and Spread the Word to End the Word campaigns through Special Olympics International. As part of the performance, students with Severe Intellectual Disabilities, along with their “Best Buddies,” and the Early Childhood students and their “Mini Buddies,” delivered a collaborative musical number. Select 5th grade students and Deaf and Hard of Hearing students also performed using sign language to accompany their singing performance.
As a special treat, the OB Gates school anthem “Spread the Word” Rap, an original rap song for the school was rousingly delivered by OB Gates staff. Below is a link of the music video produced by Special Olympics Virginia showcasing the “Spread the Word” rap that was filmed at the school with 4th graders in 2012.
Published on Mar 16, 2012
“Gates Elementary created a music video featuring students performing an original rap set to music by J. Plunky Branch. Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics to raise awareness about the hurtful effects of the word “retarded” and to encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word.This video is part of Gates Elementary’s yearlong participation in Project Unify, which is designed to promote acceptance and awareness of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Also, attached at the bottom of this email is the music file of the Spread the Word Rap. It was composed and produced by a local rap singer J Plunky Branch who lives in Richmond. Last year, our students personally designed labels to attach to 1,000 copies which where distributed at the 2013 Special Olympics Winter World Games.”