May 5, 2014

Applewood and Stephen Lewis students perform unique anthems at Jays game

A total of 75 Peel District School Board students from Applewood School and Stephen Lewis Secondary School will sing and sign both the American and Canadian national anthems during the baseball game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies at the Rogers Centre on May 7.

“By showcasing their dramatic performance skills, our students hope to challenge the perception people have of young men and women with developmental disabilities,” says Linda Pierce, principal at Applewood. “At our school we celebrate the gifts, talents and skills which are inherent in each individual. We strive to provide our students with opportunities like this to support their learning and growth towards independence.”

At 7:07 p.m., five students will sing the O Canada and Star-Spangled Banner, while students and staff sign the words with a dramatized form of American Sign Language. During the performance, four students in wheelchairs will gather on the field to create a mobile formation of the Canadian flag.

Applewood is a secondary school for students with developmental disabilities. This is the tenth year students from Applewood have performed at the Rogers Centre and the seventh year the school has collaborated with Stephen Lewis Secondary School.

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Media contact:  Linda Pierce, Principal, Applewood School, 905-363-0579 or [email protected]

Simon Carneiro, Teacher, Applewood School, 905-363-0579 or [email protected]

Reference:  Avishka Juta, Communications Assistant, Peel District School Board, 905-890-1010 ext. 2098, [email protected]

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