Spread The Word To End The WordSome students at Ben Franklin elementary school in Grand Forks got a lesson in politeness from a special olympian. They started their drive to join a national campaign to spread the word to end the word "retarded"
Some students at Ben Franklin Elementary school in Grand Forks got a lesson in politeness from a special olympian. They started their drive to join a national campaign to spread the word to end the word "retarded"
Its a message people with disabilities want to spread across the country.
Erin Baumann: "To stop using the "R" word."
Erin Baumann is a Special Olympian,she wants people to stop using the word retarded. She talked to kids at Ben Franklin elementary school today about the negativity of the word, and they seem to have gotten the message.
Justin Bogonovich: " Its not nice to call people the R word."
Next Wednesday will mark national spread the word to end the word day, that's when students here at Ben Franklin elementary will join thousands of others across the country who will sign an online pledge to stop using the R word.
Britta Eriksmore: "When the children are just beginning to learn it's the best time to implement theses ideas and make them aware of some thing they might not be aware of."
Ben Franklin is making it a week long push instead of just one day. Next week students will wear all white one day to white out the name, and wear ties another to tie it up... And judging by their excitement(nats) its seems to be working.
Justin Erickson: "I think I shouldn't use the "R" word because its mean to people that have downs syndrome or just have special needs."
The Special Olympics even helped with these shirts and will help to spread the word.
Erin Baumann: "Being different is what people do."
Organizers say as kids get older they do here the word being used in the schools, they hope early education will eliminate that and the pain its causes its people with disabilities.