Friday, July 10, 2009

A Special Teacher Speaks Up for Students with Disabilities and Their Families

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- When Murray High School teacher and baseball coach Jake Shewmake received a $1,000 award for being named an outstanding teacher, he didn't consider spending the money on himself.
Instead, Shewmake used the Wal-Mart award money to foster relationships between Murray High School baseball players and the students with disabilities he works with daily as a special-education teacher.
Shewmake organized joint trips to Spring Mobile Field to watch the Salt Lake Bees play. The groups of students also went out to dinner or bowling.
The coach's efforts to bring together children from different backgrounds haven't gone unnoticed.
It's one reason Shewmake was honored Wednesday evening during a Salt Lake Bees game where special-needs families were welcomed as part of a disability-awareness night.

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