Buffalo homecoming king helps spread message of inclusion

Buffalo homecoming king helps spread message of inclusion Photo: KSTP

Updated: September 20, 2019 06:54 PM

As the high school band plays and students cheer, an introduction is made bringing an end to a week of fun and excitement for one high school senior.

On Monday, Kyle Kauffman was crowned king at Buffalo High School's homecoming coronation.

"They picked me, I am the homecoming king," Kauffman shared with a smile.

His classmates said Kauffman couldn't be more deserving of the recognition.

"It was cool to see that it was somebody I grew up with and he won, and he deserves it," senior and fellow royalty Jack Leipholtz said.

He's described as a student eager to include everyone, sharing hugs in the hallways and passing along positivity.

"Once you meet him you are friends forever," added fellow royalty Morgan Wurm.

Unified gym class changing the culture of Buffalo High School

Last spring, KSTP shared the story behind a basketball tournament where general education and special education students, including Kauffman, played together.

The idea was created from an inclusive phy-ed class offered at the high school.

"The idea of inclusion, everybody wants that for their schools, for their families, for their community," said Principal Mark Mischke.

Mischke said inclusivity is part of the culture at Buffalo, and he hopes students take that with them when they leave.

"In the role of a principal you are a quasi parent, 1900 kids in the building and you want them to step out with skills that are transferable, that means being good people and that means seeing the good in others, so when you have that, I mean, you can't ask for anything more," Mischke said.

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