For over 20 years, the GAC High School BETA Club has hosted Special Olympics on campus. This January, over 100 Beta Club students were involved in working with approximately 90 children with disabilities and bringing food to honor the exceptional teachers who work with these kids every day. Ten different DeKalb County schools visited GAC to participate in the 2023 Winter Special Olympics Event.
"It is a great outreach to the DeKalb County schools, and the Special Olympics organizers love GAC. Several schools host Special Olympics events throughout the year, and teachers from the DeKalb schools that come always tell us they have the best experience at GAC. They mention how great our kids are with the special needs kids and that they feel honored by the food we serve the teachers. No other school does that," said Tami Hughes, BETA Club Director and High School English Teacher.
The 2023 Winter Special Olympics Event was the first opportunity for students to volunteer to serve at Special Olympics since 2019 due to COVID-19 regulations. Typically, there is also a Spring Special Olympics Event at Spartan Stadium. That has been delayed until Spring 2024 due to scheduling conflicts.