The Allegheny College Best Buddies in conjunction with The Arc of Crawford County held a campaign to “Spread the Word to End the Word” and obtain pledges to end the use of the “R” word (retarded) as a put down or insult to others. The new R-word is RESPECT! The club made buttons to pass out when visitors stopped by their table and they served cake and punch. To make it even more educational, they invited the Crawford County Drug and Alcohol Team to share information about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and how it is the largest preventable cause of Intellectual Disabilities. The team also told everyone that learning responsible social habits, especially when it comes to drinking, is very important.
Special Olympics PA – Crawford County displayed a poster during the event to promote their events, and representatives were on hand to answer questions. Calista Cares Crafts and Jewelry was also available. Calista, a Crawford County volunteer, has been one of the program’s largest single fundraisers for the past 5 years. Alex, an athlete who makes wooden puzzles and sells them, was also there display his handy work. When the event was over, Allegheny College students Brooke and Pedro from hung the signature poster in the campus center for all to see.