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Redwood Middle Celebrates Abilities Awareness Week

“Label Jars Not People,” and “There is Ability in Every Disability” are a few of the student made posters that adorn the walls of Redwood Middle School’s gymnasium this week, a small part of the school’s week of Abilities Awareness focused activities.

Throughout the week students had the opportunity to participate in a variety of special events such as, Paralympics in the gymnasium, sewing and stuffing turtle pillows for the Painted Turtle Camp and attending a school-wide assembly where the Newbury Park Sparkles performed and guest speaker Sourena Vasseghi shared his personal story.

Sourena was born with cerebral palsy and a speech impediment, and he shared with students how he has overcome challenges to achieve his dreams. This he told students was in large part possible because of the help, kindness and inclusion from his peers.

“You have the power to impact somebody’s life,” said Sourena. “You have the power to help people, you have the power to bring joy.”

Way to go Vikings for shining a light on the power of inclusivity and embracing differences.

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