first_imgRavyn Boger’s face split into a wide grin as a member of the Heritage High School dance team pushed her wheelchair in a wide oval across the studio floor.“This is Me,” the hit song from the Oscar-nominated film “The Greatest Showman,” boomed through the speakers. It was a fitting refrain for the Heritage Unified Dance Team, a blended group of special- and general-education student dancers.“I am brave, I am bruised, I am who I’m meant to be, this is me,” rang Keala Settle’s voice, as the students lifted their arms in a wide flex.Brenda Knight, who teaches the high school’s developmental and life skills students, approached dance coach Nichol LeBeau earlier this year to pitch the combined team. She was inspired by unified sports teams across the country, which offer special education students a chance to participate in sports with their nondisabled peers. They hope to continue the team with a second season next year.The point is to build connections between students, showing students with disabilities that they belong, and showing nondisabled students the strengths and talents of their peers in special education programs.last_img

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