- Posted October 8, 2013 by
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Inclusive Children’s Musical Performance by Charlotte School Children at National Inclusion Project’s 10th Anniversary Champions Gala
“Having local children from the Foundation for Respect Ability programs spread their message of tolerance and diversity through song, seemed like the perfect fit for our event about inclusion. We are excited about their performance and know that all attendees will be inspired by their songs” says Jerry Aiken, Executive Director of the National Inclusion Project.
A study published in the journal Pediatrics that looked at more than 1,450 students in fourth through sixth grades, showed that children with disabilities missed more days of school and had lower grades. The research team from the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins and Marshall University showed that the same kids also reported higher levels of bullying and were less likely to feel safe in school.
The Foundation for Respect Ability seeks to convert "bystanders" into "upstanders" and offers anti bullying programs and services to the community. The non-profit organization conducts workshops, community concerts and in-school programs where the activities and message of diversity and tolerance are primarily delivered through music. “Our goal is to facilitate opportunities for communication and to develop programs and strategies for helping parents, students, and educators as they deal with bullying, conflict and character development issues”, states Diane Benson, Executive Director of the Foundation. The organization is modeled after Operation Respect a non-profit founded by Peter Yarrow of the legendary folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary.
The 10th Anniversary Champions Gala will be hosted by co-founder Clay Aiken and be held on October 12th at the McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square in Charlotte, NC at 8pm.