On April 11, 2019, the Richmond School District organized an event in conjunction with World Down Syndrome Awareness Day.
The celebration gave students with Down syndrome an opportunity to interact and participate in a variety of educational and social activities. Alyssa had previously attended this celebration as a student, but she has graduated three years ago so, this year she volunteered at the event as an ambassador!
Alyssa volunteered in a variety of roles including morning registration for the participants, running activity stations such as the craft table and karaoke, and introducing the event’s speakers. For two years, she has been giving brief speeches and a ‘vote of thanks’ to a group of about 50 parents, community representatives and school district staff members.
In preparation, Alyssa practices her speech in the days leading up to World Down Syndrome Day.
“Alyssa is energetic, welcoming and a wonderful ambassador for our inclusive community,” says Ms. Kate Campbell, Alyssa’s former secondary school teacher!