December 19, 2022

District 54 is proud to announce that Keller Junior High School was named a National Banner Unified Champion School by Special Olympics, one of only five schools chosen in Illinois this year. Keller joins Addams and Mead, becoming the third District 54 junior high to gain this honor. 

A unified championship school demonstrates a commitment to building an inclusive school through collaboration, engagement and respect for all members of the student body and staff. Schools must meet 10 standards of excellence based on three overarching components. Those components are 

  1. A Special Olympics Unified Sports program, where students with and without disabilities train and compete as teammates,
  2. Inclusive Youth Leadership groups and 
  3. Whole School education, awareness and engagement

To learn more about this award, check out this video.