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Haw Creek celebrates exceptional children

Interactive gallery teaches students about each other

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — There are some exceptional children in Forsyth County. That’s why Haw Creek Elementary School wanted to celebrate them March 6-10.

The school set up an interactive gallery to help students learn about their classmates, disabilities and how to embrace diversity.

Special Education Department chairperson Heather Goukler said this is a national celebration which has taken place for four years at Haw Creek.

“It gives everyone a moment to pause and think about how we are all the same and different,” Goukler said. “Especially in large school systems and schools like Haw Creek, it gives us time to find our similarities with our friends and find ways we can connect.”

Principal June Tribble said it gives students a better understanding of their peers, which is often taught by the teachers.

“Kids understand it more,” Tribble said. “Not only are our kids exceptional, our teachers are exceptional, too.”

Tribble said the students participate on the morning news show which enlightens other students.

“Students are learning about exceptionalities and what that means,” Tribble said. “Students have gone home and have told their parents, ‘everybody is different.’ The kids are recognizing that we are all people. They embrace it all and have a chance to express their uniqueness.”


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