Members of the Port Jefferson School District Unified Bowling and Unified Basketball teams attended the Special Olympics Section XI Unified Special Olympics Youth Summit in Sayville on Nov. 3.
The Youth Summit’s goal is to empower students to be leaders of change and facilitate inclusion of all students regardless of their abilities.
At the event, students from various schools participated in icebreaker activities and planned ideas on how to help promote and increase inclusivity in their schools.
The Port Jefferson group of 15 students – Brendan Baez, Mariangely Beltran, Cade Delgado, Thalia Dorsett, Kayden Jeudy, Keyth Jeudy, Jayden Katsaros, Dan Kubek, Maria Oliva, Keanny Polanco, Tomas Qepuri, Hannah Shikora, Jake Siganoc, Brandon Verruto and Andrea Viejo – was accompanied by Unified Basketball and Bowling coaches Josh Shields and Mike Maletta, as well as special education teacher Gina Fedler, paraprofessional Karin Mall and Athletic Director Adam Sherrard. The students returned to Port Jefferson with great ideas about inclusivity to share with students and staff.