- Posted by Geordie Scully
- On February 10, 2017
San Marcos High’s Layla Landeros, a member of AAPLE – the Accelerated Academy Program for Leadership and Enrichment – was in the spotlight when she led the school’s Royal Gems cheerleading team, consisting of students with and without disabilities, in its debut at a varsity girls basketball game.
“Layla has set an example for us all, and her leadership exemplifies what the AAPLE academy is all about,”
said Erik Nielsen, academy director.
“We’re all so proud of her.” The student-run team started with the support of The Sparkle Effect,
a non-profit organization that helps students nationwide create cheer and dance teams that bring together youngsters with disabilities.
“The students love coming to practice and have really bonded with their buddies on varsity cheer,” says Layla, who piloted the program at San Marcos. “They add so much to the team.
“All of the students are respected and included, regardless of ability.
It’s a good thing for the cheerleaders, a good thing for San Marcos, and a good thing for our community.”
-Taken from Montecito Journal