Thursday night’s Second Annual Bear Bowl is one of many examples of the inclusive atmosphere at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School. Varsity football players pair with Life Skills students and play a game of flag football.

This year’s game ended in a 54 to 54 tie. Half time included performances by the Honey Bear Drill Team and Orange Jazz Company.

Also at half time, Martha J. Dorow, of the Special Olympics Organization, presented a banner to Terrie Parker, Life Skills teacher and Principal, Dr. Terri Estes. Because of the school’s “Erase the R-Word” campaign and activities such as the Bear Bowl, the LCM High School campus has been named an “Ideal Inclusion School” by Special Olympics.

During the 75th Annual Texas Association of Student Councils State Convention last spring LCM High School was elected as the TASC Parliamentarian School for the 2011-2012 school year, winning the election in the first round with more than 50 percent of the vote over the other two schools seeking the same office.

One of several requirements that a school must fulfill in order to run for office is to select a platform which they promote throughout the campaign. LCM High School chose “Erase the R-Word,” inspired by the October signing of Rosa’s Law that removes the words “retarded” and “mental retardation” from all federal legislation. During the combined campaign time the LCM HS students gathered over 2,000 R-Word pledges.

To communicate their platform to the over 4,500 students attending the convention, a seven-minute skit (mini musical) was presented to the delegation during the Monday morning general session.

Afterward, Senior Brock Duhon, assisted by Dustin Ducharme and Clyde Jones, spent the afternoon holding round table discussions featuring the 2010 LCM High School “Bear Bowl.” This session was presented in conjunction with Joel Maxwell from the Special Olympics “Meet in the Middle” office in Ft. Worth.

The group was rewarded by having the “Bear Bowl” named by TASC as one of the Top Ten projects in the State from all those submitted for the 2010-2011 school year.

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