May 2023 DEI Recognitions
PSE worked with the University of IL Department of Disabilty Resources and Educational Services (DRES) to host Wheelchair Takeover. DRES brought wheelchairs to the PE class to allow students across the building access to the for taking the opportunity to give students a chance to navigate in wheelchairs. he learned about the different muscles and movesments required to travel in a wheelchair. Several student observed how much power it took to use the two days. They played basketball games and drills while remaining in a wheelchair. Principal Ellis said Wheelchair Takeover is one of several efforts to represent student diversity across their learning space. Contact Principal Ellis and PE teacher, Mr. Schwartz or adaptive PE teacher Mr. Triezenberg for more information about this event.
On April 22, Benjamin was the site for Balagokulam’s Guru Vandana, the celebration for educators. During the ceremony, 40 educators were recognized. Students shared their Indian and Hindi culture with the audience through music, dance and skits. Visitors learned about several holidays including Holi, Raksha Bahndan (Celebration of Siblings) and Diwali (Celebration of Lights) and Holi (Festival of Colors). The event ended with visitors tasting several foods from India such as samosa with mint chutney.
Mrs. Mackinson and Eugene Field staff are celebrated for sharing their video about jobs completed by students at Deckers Industries. Check out their video here and support them by purchasing promotional products.