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WCE’s SCEC Receives Outstanding Community Service Award

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Student Council for Exceptional Children received UNCW’s prestigious Outstanding Community Service Award in recognition of their volunteerism. The council’s 35 members devote countless hours in support of non-profit organizations and individuals with disabilities.

The SCEC hosted a fashion show last November to raise awareness of individuals with disabilities.  The “I Am Beautiful” event raised more than $1,000 to benefit the Miracle League organization. Proceeds were used to purchase uniforms for students with disabilities that play baseball at the Miracle Field, which opened last August at Olsen Park in Wilmington.

This spring, SCEC sponsored a Miracle League team and assisted UNCW sorority Delta Zeta in sponsoring a second team. During baseball season, several SCEC members devoted their Saturdays to coaching and cheering for the players.

SCEC1SCEC members also helped out with Special Olympic track and field events this year.  Special Olympics New Hanover, in partnership with Wilmington Parks and Recreation, supports more than 500 athletes with intellectual disabilities in year-round training programs in 11 sports. The athletes compete in local, regional and state-level events. Members also volunteer in support of The Gathering Place, a free social activity held one evening each month for high school students and young adults with disabilities.

SCEC President Sarah Sniff, a junior in the Adapted Curriculum Special Education Program at WCE, has been an active member of the organization since her freshman year. She says SCEC looks for ways to make an impact in the community and members “have found amazing opportunities and unbelievable support” in Wilmington for programs that benefit individuals with disabilities.

Allison Jones, assistant professor of special education and co-advisor of SCEC, says many students in the organization have jobs in addition to their coursework, yet still find time to volunteer every week. Jones and Sniff say SCEC members do it “for the sheer satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.”

SCEC was created at UNCW 12 years ago with a goal of providing information, training and services to anyone who is interested in learning more about the support of children and individuals with exceptionalities. 

To view a video of the “I Am Beautiful” fashion show event, visit: http://vimeo.com/79635754

To view WECT news coverage of the event,visit: www.kfvs12.com/story/23989643/fashion-show-to