Seventh District is a cluster school for children with a variety of disabilities, and these students are fully included with their typical peers throughout the school day. The Maryland Ravens team was invited to participate in Seventh District’s “abilities awareness activities” in order to raise our students’ and staff’s appreciation for the potential and gifts our disabled peers bring to everyone’s daily lives.
Maryland Ravens, according to Eddie Diggs, its coordinator, is a small non-profit organization. The team consists of physically challenged individuals who participated in several games of wheelchair basketball. The team played against Seventh District teams consisting of staff members and students who volunteered to participate, while playing in wheelchairs. Part of the Ravens’ message to students was to expect more from themselves, the importance of education, focusing on their abilities (not disabilities), never settling for average, and setting goals.
This post was contributed by Daniel Pizzo, Assistant Principal at Seventh District