[Kids Together email newsletter] Happy Holidays from Kids Together, Inc.

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  • Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2010 18:56:27 -0500


Happy Holidays From Kids Together, Inc.
"promoting inclusive communities where all people belong"


Twas the night before Christmas and all through the schools 
No students were present to break any rules 
The budget was written and every dime spent 
with no one quite sure where it all went 

The school board was snuggled all safe in their beds 
While visions of budget increases danced in their heads 

When all of a sudden there arose such a clatter 
They leaped from their beds  to see what was the matter 

Away to the board room they went in a dash 
to see who it was that threatened the cash 
And there before them - who did appear? 
With issues they thought  finished this year

Once more before them plainly to see 
Were parents of children they called "Special Needs"
We've done this before and we were quite clear 
So once again tell us why you are here 

One of them stepped forward and it soon was apparent 
That this person before them was one informed parent. 
The presentation was prepared with great thought and care 
With federal law quotes that brought them great glares 

With a voice loud and clear they were all called by name 
These are not new laws and the meaning is plain 
IDEA, ADA, LRE  and  504 
It is time to remind you just like before 

We wish you good tidings great hope and good cheer 
The time for inclusion is finally here 
Why won't you listen to this our plight 
To be included is not privilege but right 

We want them included right from the start 
To become part of the whole and not kept apart 
We want them included and yes all means all 
Don't make them feel different, don't make them feel small 

For such a long time the seed has been planted 
why do we still struggle for what to others is granted 
"No not right now but we'll tell you when"
We've heard that same story again and again 

So on this the holiest of nights 
we say inclusion  is not a privilege but a right 
and on this issue we firmly do stand 
the rights of our children we do now demand 

As the meeting concluded ending the night 
It was heard......... 


~ Author Unknown ~

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