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Extension Given for SOULS Program

-An extension has been given for those who wish to participate in the Special Olympics Unified Livestock Show (SOULS) this summer.

   SOULS is a livestock show set for this August for county youth and young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities and unified special exhibitors will be paired with similarly aged mentors who will guide them through the entire show experience, including how to care for and show their preferred livestock animal. Organizers said registration will be accepted until June 10, although the process may continue afterwards.

   Edison High School freshman Amelia (Mimi) Ault created the event this past year while still an eighth-grader at Edison Jr. High in honor of her sister, Olivia. Registration was conducted in May but Ault said the extension would help draw more participants.

   “We extended it because we’re trying to reach out to additional local disability organizations and individuals. I am mainly looking to fill the spots for the special exhibitors,” she said. “June 10 is the extended date, but we can accept more even after that point.”

    She said there were seven special exhibitors so far while a number of mentors were also interested. Forms are available for completion and mentors must be between the ages of 13-18, enrolled in a Jefferson County 4-H Club or FFA chapter and own a pig, goat or rabbit. Special exhibitors must be between the ages of 12-21, live or attend school inside the county and rank the three aforementioned animals they would like to show. Tentative plans for the show on Aug. 10 include registration from 12:30-1 p.m. and a clinic from 1-3 p.m., followed by a lunch break. The special exhibitors and their mentors would pair up for the show, which may start around 4 or 5 p.m.

   Ault noted that the participants and mentors would be paired up this month in preparation for the event while lunch and T-shirts will be provided to all mentors and exhibitors. Her goal is to bring students in the county 4-H and FFA together for the livestock show and include individuals with disabilities to showcase their unique strengths, while it would also provide an opportunity to create bonds, promote agricultural education and expand interests as they gain valuable life experience.

    Edison is the first school district in the state to partner with Special Olympics and start a Unified Livestock Club, while she has met with Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools representatives, district leaders and administrators, Edison FFA advisors and county 4-H, Board of Developmental Disabilities and Special Olympics officials, plus she is collaborating with the fair board. She has also received funding support from JCBDD’s Jeffco Services, Inc., nonprofit plus a $1,000 Special Olympics Dream Grant.

   For more information or to register, email or go to the SOULS Facebook page.

State Test Scores Now Available in Progressbook

As part of our ongoing effort to keep you informed about your child’s academic progress, we want to inform you that you now have access to their state test score results through ProgressBook, our online student management system. The district believes that by having access to this information, you can better support your child’s academic journey and work collaboratively with us to ensure their success. If you have any questions or need further assistance with ProgressBook or understanding the state test scores, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your building.

Visit ProgressBook Parent Portal and navigate to “Assessment Scores” on the left hand menu to view your child’s scores.

Thank you for your continued partnership in your child’s education. Together, we can empower them to be prepared for tomorrow.