Maine-Endwell Central School District News Article

Homer Brink celebrates World Down Syndrome Day

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t’s a celebration! March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day and on March 18, Homer Brink started its celebration early by decking the school’s halls and classrooms in blue and gold. GiGi’s Playhouse provided Down Syndrome Awareness kits to schools and businesses throughout the area.

Mrs. Buckley’s first grade class, and Mrs. Skarupa’s third grade class welcomed a special guest who shared information with the students about Down Syndrome.In Mrs. Buckley’s class, students learned how Down Syndrome impacts their classmate Grady. Grady’s mom, Katie Simek, explained the different activities that help Grady build his muscles, at school and at home. The students were able to ask Grady and his mom questions.

In Mrs. Skarupa’s class, Mrs. Simek and Grady’s sister Caroline, shared information about Down Syndrome and why it is special to their family. Caroline read the book, “We’ll Paint the Octopus Red,” a book about having a brother or sister with Down Syndrome.

In both classrooms students learned about the work that GiGi’s Playhouse does to build acceptance of people with Down Syndrome, all over the world. The students learned about the Generation G Pledge, which calls on everyone to promise to be accepting, be generous and be kind. The students recited the pledge and signed a pledge to keep. They also drew the symbol for Generation G on their palm, a heart with the letter G inside.

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