A Tradition Continues - The Buddy Walk

The Early Childhood Academy wasn’t going to let a little thing like the Coronavirus stop a 20 year tradition.

For the 20th consecutive year the Early Childhood Academy participated in the Buddy Walk on Saturday, October 3. The Buddy Walk is sponsored by the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization.

“Needless to say, we had to adapt from walking with one another because of social distancing,” says Mrs. Fakhoury.   “The event was called the 2020 Extra Ordinary  Caravan. Team cars were decorated celebrating Down syndrome awareness.”

Students dressed in costumes and cheered the Caravan through John Prince Park in honor of the children with Down syndrome.

“We didn’t have a car so we stood along the car path and cheered like everyone else,” added Mrs. Fakhoury.

The following information is from the Gold Coast Down Syndrome’s website: Down syndrome occurs when some or all of a person’s cells have an extra full or partial copy of chromosome 21. Down syndrome is a genetic condition, not a disease. Down syndrome is named after the British physician John Langdon Down, who classified the chromosomal abnormality in 1862. One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome. Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. There are more than 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States. Life expectancy for people with Down syndrome has increased dramatically in recent decades – from 25 in 1983 to 60 today. People with Down syndrome attend school, work, participate in decisions that affect them, and contribute to society in many wonderful ways.

 A photographic collage of the Lake Worth High School student participants in the 20th Annual Buddy Walk for the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Coalition

Originally published on October 20, 2020, in the print version of the Trojan Times Online.