Fairview Elementary School students celebrate during the announcement that their school is the only elementary school in Maine to receive the National Unified Champion School designation during a community meeting at the school on Wednesday. Almost 100 fifth- and sixth-grade students have signed up to partner with Special Olympic athletes who participate in events, Project Unified coordinator Sue Davis said. Eight students from Fairview, four with disabilities and four partners, will attend the #Choose To Include Youth Summit in Portland on Nov. 30 to answer questions from other Maine schools on how to develop a strong Unified program. Fryeburg Academy and Leavitt Area High School also are designated National Unified Champions. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Sixth-grader Chase Scammon, 11, helps unveil the Special Olympics National Unified Champion School banner during a community meeting at Fairview Elementary School on Wednesday. Scammon is a “partner,” who teams up with a Special Olympian during various events throughout the school year. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Special Olympic athletes, gray shirts, and their partners, maroon shirts, watch a slide show about events that they have worked together on during a community meeting at Fairview Elementary School in Auburn on Wednesday. Fairview has 96 volunteer fifth- and sixth-grade students who partner with the school’s 24 students who have disabilities, earning the school a National Unified Champion School designation. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Lisa Bird, director of youth initiatives for Special Olympics Maine, talks with students while leading up to the announcement that Fairview Elementary School is a National Unified Champion School. Fairview is the only elementary school in Maine to earn the designation. Fryeburg Academy and Leavitt Area High School are the only other National Unified Champion Schools in Maine. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)