Lake Carolina Lower Elementary earns national recognition for inclusion

Lake Carolina Lower Elementary School has been named a Special Olympics Unified Champion School.

The media is invited to the banner presentation by Special Olympics South Carolina on Thursday, October 10 at 8:15 a.m. Lake Carolina Lower is located at 1151 Kelly Mill Rd.

The school will also be included on a list of other schools around the country that have achieved this distinguished status. It’s receiving this national banner recognition for efforts to provide inclusive sports and activities for students with and without disabilities. Lake Carolina also met national standards of excellence in the areas of inclusion, advocacy and respect.

Lake Carolina Lower is among a select number of schools across the country to receive this distinction. Next week on October 15, Bookman Road Elementary will also be recognized as a Special Olympics Unified Champion School.

“Diversity and inclusion are among our principal practices in Richland Two,” said Superintendent Dr. Baron R. Davis. “The steps Lake Carolina Lower has taken to ensure that students of all abilities are able to participate in activities is outstanding and life-changing for all students involved.”

More than 300 schools are currently participating in Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools programming in South Carolina, as part of more than 6,500 schools across the country engaged in the program. Special Olympics has a global goal of creating 10,000 Unified Champion Schools by 2020. The Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® model is supported by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more at