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St. Mark's Honored by Special Olympics Massachusetts
St. Mark's Honored by Special Olympics Massachusetts

On Wednesday, September 14, at School meeting in the Burgess Center, Head of School John C. Warren '74 announced to the entire community that St. Mark's has been declared an official Special Olympics Massachusetts Unified Champion School.

In a letter to Mr. Warren, Vice President of Schools and Community Development for Special Olympics Massachusetts Patti Doherty praised St. Mark's staff and students and noted "their commitment to meaningful inclusion through unified sports, inclusive youth leadership, and whole school engagement."

"Despite the unending challenges that marked this past year, your school embodied the importance of social inclusion, providing opportunities for all students, and creating a space where everyone feels valued and respected," continued Doherty. "You all are truly championing a 'Unified Generation' of young people who embrace differences and lead social change."

Mr. Warren presented a framed certificate from Special Olympics Massachusetts to Director of Wellness Carl Corazzini and student Meghan MacLean '25. "Meghan embodied everything we want from a St. Marker in engaging with the Special Olympics athletes," shared Corazzini. "She values cooperation over self-interest, and she was engaged and took on leadership opportunities to make sure that every student, athlete, and parent had the best possible time."

This is St. Mark's fourth year as a Unified Champion School, and to date, nearly 200 St. Markers have participated in this program initiated by Nicola Hartmann '19 in 2018. The School's partnership with Special Olympics Massachusetts is just one example of the many ways community service is integrated into the St. Mark's educational program.