3:22 PM / Tuesday February 27, 2024

14 May 2016

Mastery Gratz Campus and Special Olympics partnered to “End The R Word”

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
May 14, 2016 Category: Local Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  Sekela Coles, School District Councilperson from Upper Darby was one of the officials attending the rally and who took the pledge. (Photo: Courtesy Ceisler Media)

1,200 Gratz students from grades 6-12 attended a rally celebrating inclusivity of their peers with disabilities and special needs, featuring special guests and student performers

Mastery Charter Schools’ Gratz Campus partnered with the Special Olympics on May 6 and hosted a rally celebrating the inclusivity of students with disabilities and special needs. Over 1,200 students from grades 6-12 gathered in the auditorium and enjoyed a mix of general education and intellectually disabled students give energetic and rousing performances. The rally included cheerleaders, a dance group, poetry and drumline. Between performances, special invited guests took the stage and pledged to “spread the word to end the R word.”

Mastery Charter School Gratz Campus held a rally last week to Spread the Word to End the Word. The word “retarded” is considered derogatory, hurtful and demeaning.

Mastery Charter School Gratz Campus held a rally last week to Spread the Word to End the Word. The word “retarded” is considered derogatory, hurtful and demeaning. (Photo: Courtesy Ceisler Media)

Among those who took the pledge on stage were students from Mastery Charter Schools’ Gratz Campus, Nedia Ralston, Southeast Regional Director for Gov. Tom Wolf, and Sekela Coles, 7th District Councilwoman, Upper Darby.

The R-word is the word ‘retard(ed)’. It’s a hurtful term to those with disabilities because it is exclusive, offensive and derogatory. The campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people.

About Mastery: Mastery Charter Schools and Mastery Schools of Camden form a non-profit school network in Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey, serving over 12,000 students in grades K-12. Our vision is to create schools that are joyful, authentic communities where students learn how to think critically and act independently so they are truly prepared for post-secondary success.


  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Philly NAACP

Philadelphia NAACP News

February 18, 2024

Tweet Email Tweet Email Related Posts Philadelphia NAACP news as of Feb. 2 Philadelphia NAACP Branch News...

Color Of Money

How to give your business an inviting local flair using design

February 17, 2024

Tweet Email BPT Think of local businesses that feel connected to your community. What comes to mind?...


Four tips to live a more heart-healthy lifestyle

February 17, 2024

Tweet Email BPTIn honor of American Heart Month this February, you can make positive changes to your...


Kansas City Chiefs win Super Bowl 2024 

February 12, 2024

Tweet Email The Kansas City Chiefs narrowly beat the San Francisco 49ers, becoming the 2024 Super Bowl champions. The...

Fur Babies Rule!

Bow to Wow! America’s top 10 shelter dog makeovers

February 3, 2024

Tweet Email BPTZen was rescued from a horrendous hoarding case. She arrived at the shelter with mange...


‘Soaring’ over hills or ‘playing’ with puppies, study finds seniors enjoy virtual reality

February 23, 2024

Tweet Email By Terry Spencerassociated press POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — Retired Army Col. Farrell Patrick taught computer...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff