Cool at School: Cadwallader cheer squad

LAS VEGAS, NV - Cadwallader Middle School has an All-Inclusive Cheer Squad with some cheerleaders taking on the role of mentor, to other teammates, called buddies, who are challenged in some way.

Two of the participants - Ainslee and Garrett are mentor and buddy. Garrett has cerebral palsy. He also though has Ainslee - by his side - helping, supporting, and encouraging him.

Cadwallader is the only middle school in Nevada with an All-Inclusive Cheer Squad. They were led on this forward-thinking direction by by Sparkle Effect, a national group, who provided diversity and kindness training to the school.

Another member of the Cheer Squad we were lucky to meet, Aiden, has autism. He used to sometimes be left out, sometimes acting out, but not anymore. Now, Aiden is right in the mix, fully participating and having fun with his friends on the team.

The Cheer Squad cheers at home basketball games, competitions, and were invited by Disney to be a part of the Magic Parade! Something promising to note there: autistic students can be challenged by loud noises, but cheering in a parade, or at a boisterous basketball game...these students seem to transcend and overcome this challenge!

Now, other schools are following the example set by Cadwallader, and looking to form their own inclusive teams.

This is a Cheer Squad with heart!


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