Bullitt East High School (Bullitt County) has been recognized as a Special Olympics Unified Champion School and as a national banner recipient by Special Olympics. Bullitt East is the only Kentucky school in the 2019 class of National Banner Unified Champion Schools and one of three in Kentucky to achieve this recognition.
In addition, ESPN announced Bullitt East as one of only five honor roll schools in the program for meeting the national standards of inclusion set by the program.
The Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools program uses three components – youth leadership, whole school engagement and Unified Sports – to create school climates where student with disabilities feel accepted and are regularly included in all activities. National Banner Unified Champion Schools are recognized for demonstrating commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 standards of excellence that were developed by a national panel of leaders from Special Olympics and the education community.
Teachers Tiffany Darnell and Katie Hoben established a program three years ago at Bullitt East that includes Project Unify, a club offered at the school that includes 65 students with and without disabilities.
Bullitt East also features Unified Sports programs in track and field and bowling, both of which are part of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, and inclusive leadership activities for students.
Representatives from Special Olympics Kentucky will present the banner to Bullitt East during a celebration at the school Oct. 30.