We know the importance of being inclusive of others, about accepting as well as embracing each other’s differences, and about creating a school that is safe for everyone. Our words and our actions are so important in making that a reality.
Every year, we have the opportunity to bring a speaker to our middle schools, thanks to our local Understanding Disabilities organization. We use this opportunity to learn, to grow, and to appreciate each other. This is also made possible thanks to our Coolidge and Parker PTOs.
This ye, we had the pleasure of hearing Collette Divitto speak. Collette was born with Down syndrome. She grew up in Connecticut, where she developed a passion for baking after taking classes in high school. She came up with an original cinnamon chocolate chip cookie that people really enjoyed. Because all of her friends and family raved, “This cookie is amazing,” Collette decided to call her recipe “The Amazing Cookie.”
After high school, Collette attended Clemson University, and finished a three-year LIFE program in just two years. Collette then decided to turn her passion for baking into a business, and founded Collettey’s Cookies. Since then, she has sold over 180,000 cookies and Collettey’s Cookies now employs 13 people, several with disabilities. Learn more about Collette at firstname.lastname@example.org!