McNamara Elementary Celebrates People of all Abilities
On January 19, McNamara Elementary School celebrated the International Day of Acceptance (official day is January 20), a day dedicated to social acceptance of disability. The international celebration encourages embracing unique differences and abilities and promoting positive images of disability.
McNamara staff members and students wore special t-shirts to mark the celebration and to encourage the student body to talk about social acceptance of disability. In a school assembly for all grade levels, student and staff speakers reflected on the importance of acceptance with prose, poetry, and video presentations that emphasized the following words: embrace, empower, education and love life. Students viewed a video created by staff members in which they shared what acceptance means to each of them.
McNamara began celebrating the International Day of Acceptance in 2017 on a smaller scale. Principal Jane Nadolski said the school wanted to expand on the celebration this year to assure that people of all abilities are recognized, and she noted that she anticipates that this annual event will grow larger each year.
This year McNamara began participating in the Positivity Project, a program of the non-profit organization of the same name that teaches children how to build relationships by focusing on character strengths in themselves and others and emphasizes the motto “Other People Matter.” McNamara’s International Day of Acceptance celebration highlighted the focus of the Positivity Project.