Peer-to-peer group to hold benefit hoop tourney

The peer-to-peer class at Roosevelt High School – which brings together students from the general population with their disabled fellow students – will host a benefit event – The Unified Basketball Tournament – in the high school gym at 5 p.m. on Nov. 2.

Peer-to-peer is an elective class at Roosevelt where regular students are matched up with those with special needs.

“It is a way to bridge the gap between special ed students and general education students,” said teacher Kim Sclafani.

Once a week Sclafani meets with the students to help them discuss disabilities, acceptance and how to advocate both in school and out.

So far the program, which is open now to just seniors, has been wildly successful. What began as a cass with 12 students and blossomed and this year 54 Roosevelt seniors are participating.

Part of the programs includes field trips, which leads to the necessity for fundraisers.

There is no admission fee to the tournament, but the group will accept donations and there will be a bake sale and a 50/50 raffle.

Come on out and spend a Saturday evening helping a worthy cause. 

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