Special Olympics and Best Buddies hosts spirit week to spread awareness


Mishal Nizar

Students participate in the daily themes in order to show respect for students with disabilities.

Special Olympics and Best Buddies are hosting their annual respect week to, “spread the word to end the word.” Throughout the week there will be a spirit week consisting of different themes each day to represent a unique message celebrating disabilities. 

It all goes back to creating awareness and a way for everyone to come together to support Mustangs in Special Olympics and students with disabilities. The stigma that comes with special education is not a setback for the Mustangs as they have continuously showcased their skills and abilities. 

“We want to show inclusion and make sure that people do not see disabilities as a personality trait and we want people to think before they speak because it does have an impact on their day,” Best Buddies member and junior Ashley Hallissey said.

The week will begin with the theme of camo colors to support invisible disabilities on Monday, Tuesday the theme is superhero day to demonstrate courage and bravery which is what Special Olympics is all about, which leads into Wednesday wearing tie-dye to celebrate different disabilities. On Thursday, Metea will be hosting the Special Olympics swim meet during gym and lunch periods so make sure to stop by and wear Metea gear. Spirit week ends with wearing “spread the word to end the word” shirts and way to include everyone no matter what setbacks. 

“This is an awesome community to be apart of and there are many different organizations to be apart of such as Best Buddies, Special Olympics, and Peer Partners where you can interact with the kids and get to know them because they can be the most amazing person,” Hallissey said.