Special Olympics promotes respect with Spread the Word to End the Word campaign

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - "Be honest. Be humble. Be kind."

Courtesy: MGN
Courtesy: MGN

That's the message behind a mission to promote respect.

Wednesday was Spread the Word to End the Word Day across the country, which is a campaign by the Special Olympics.

The goal every year is to encourage adults, teens and kids to take a pledge and stop the use of the "r-word" -- retarded.

Campaign organizers said it can be extremely hurtful to those living with a disability. Instead, they encourage everyone to choose respect.

KSFY News was at Washington High School to learn why taking the pledge is so important.

"It makes them think more about why they're doing what they're doing. If you tell them not to use the word, it might resonate with them. By having them sign it, it's in writing and it really makes them think about what they're doing and what they're saying," Washington High School student Topher Zahn said.

If you'd like to join the pledge, click on the link attached to this page.