When pirates say the “arrrr” word, we mean respect, responsibility, rigor, relevance and relationships. We all know that what we say matters and our words can either lift people up or put them down. That is why CLPMS is one of eight middle schools in the district to participate in this year’s “R-Word Campaign.” This local effort is being led by Connor Kelly, a freshman at Fossil Ridge High School, to raise awareness of how the word “retarded” or “retard” is hurtful to people with intellectual disabilities and to their families and friends.
The CLPMS Leadership Class and Chivalry class are teaming up to spread the word to change the “r-word” to “respect.” On Wednesday, March 7th, there will be a banner in the cafeteria for students to sign if they are willing to support this goal. For more information on the history of the campaign and to sign the pledge online, go to the project’s website at: http://www.r-word.org/r-word-why-pledge.aspx.