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Spread the Word to End the Word

In an effort to Spread the Word to End the Word and create acceptance and inclusion on their campus, students at Orcutt Academy High School will be holding R-word rallies on May 3 and 4 on the school campus.

On March 1 — National Spread the Word to End the Word day — schools and communities across the nation took part in this on-going campaign to be a fan of respect and unite to stop the use of the word “retard(ed)” or as some call it, the R-word.

More than 500,000 people have pledged their support since the campaign launched in 2009, and it is hoped the community will join the effort b pledging to end the use of the R-word and begin using the new R-word — respect.

Rallies at Orcutt Academy High School will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, for lowerclassmen, and Thursday, May 4, for upperclassmen, both in the school's multi-purpose room, 610 Pinal Ave.

For event information, contact Nicolas J. Chavez, Special Olympics Northern Santa Barbara County operations coordinator for Orcutt Academy High School, 928-3781 ext. 2353 or [email protected]

— Nicolas J. Chavez for Special Olympics Northern Santa Barbara County.

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