WINNER! Pleasant Valley High School | Bettendorf, IA
At Pleasant Valley High School, the administrators, staff, and students embrace an unwavering commitment to inclusion. In 2008, Students at Pleasant Valley created the nation’s first inclusive cheerleading team, the Spartan Sparkles. The Sparkles continue to cheer under the Friday night lights to packed crowds and standing ovations. Building on that PV pride, students created “PV Pals,” a club that brings together students with and without disabilities for social activities. The Unite Club, another student-driven endeavor, believes in universal respect for all races, nationalities, religions, gender identities, abilities, appearance, and financial status. Each month, club members address a different group of students to raise awareness and promote understanding, acceptance, and respect.
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