Under the leadership of Karen Lewicki and Lisa Tonnisen, the Play Unified program has come a long way since its inception in 2010. Twelve members of the class of 2012 started the club as sophomores with the goal of building bonds among students of all abilities and promoting inclusion. It has since grown to include eighty students in Old Bridge, various unified sports teams, and even a unified generation class.
Students on the Unified Sports teams compete against other teams in the GMC Conference. Many of the students also participate in the Special Olympics and have grown into ambassadors for the program, who help lead the inclusion movement throughout the state.
The Unified Generation class is in its second year. It is the first course of its kind in the state. The class fosters generating understanding among students, breaking barriers, and contributing to the national “Inclusion Revolution.”
In addition to the praise the program receives locally and in related communities, Project Unify has also recently been recognized by the NJEA Review, a statewide publication and in an episode of Classroom Closeup. The educators and students involved in the program think the recognition is great, especially since it comes from doing something that comes so naturally to them.