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Elementary School in Sparwood Receiving National Inclusive Education Award

New Wesminster, B.C., May 5, 2015 - Frank J. Mitchell Elementary School in Sparwood will be receiving a National Inclusive Education Award from the Canadian Association for Community Living and Inclusion BC. The staff at Frank J. Mitchell are being honoured for creating a culture of inclusion at the school, recognizing the unique abilities of all students.

Staff at the school have gone above and beyond what is expected of them to ensure that all students are welcomed in the classroom. Educators work hard to ensure students with special needs receive a quality education, always coming up with creative ways to support their success.

One teacher started riding her bike to school with her students, including Tyler, who has Autism. The ride to school helped Tyler prepare for the day ahead, as the school bus challenges his ability to self-regulate. 

Tyler’s mom, Jackie Carpenter, has this to say about the school; “Tyler has an Autism service dog named Cookie, who has been welcomed onto the team to help Tyler. Cookie is called upon to attend and help Tyler anytime during the day. She is a valued and happy member of the team that supports Tyler to stay regulated at school.”

Christine McKie, Principal of Frank J. Mitchell Elementary will receive the award at the Sheraton Wall Centre on May 28, 2015 at noon. Media are welcome to attend.

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