BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley Middle School has been recognized as one of 2 exceptional Unified Champions Schools in the state. The Unified program puts general education students in environments with special needs students.
The program encourages inclusion and acceptance among their special education peers creating unique opportunities for them to learn from each other.
Special Education teacher Julia Drum says the change is evident. "Specifically with communications. Students who are non-verbal have a hard time communicating. They really come out of their shells."
Michael Wilkerson, Principal at Berkeley Middle is also pleased with the program.
"Not only has it been a huge benefit to our special education population but its also been great for our general education students that are involved."
Payton Anderson takes part in the Unified classes at the school and notices a change.
"You see them in the hallway and you high five them and they know your name. And I see other people start to high 5 them all the time."
Lacey Hennessy another student says, "I like being able to see that we actually help them instead of it just being a normal class."
Classmate Isabelle Matkovich is aware of the changes as well, "It shows me the growth and change and like who I am and what I want to be."