PALS Participate in Buddy Walk to Honor Fellow Classmates

Halle T, Staff Writer

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On October 20th, the Buddy Walk hosted by Down’s Syndrome Alabama took place. Down Syndrome Alabama is a group of advocates for people with Down Syndrome. Their philosophy is that individuals with Down Syndrome are exceptional. They believe that they can and will excel in communities and by working together we can make their world a brighter place.

OMHS participated with their own tent for tailgating and PALS group to walk.
Starting at 12:30, a picnic kicked off the event followed by entertainment at 1:30. At 2:00 they started to walk the perimeter of the Hoover Met representing OMHS’s very own students with Down’s, Laura Ann Davenport and Emily Duncan. The PALS group, family, and friends of these two girls celebrated and held up posters for them. It was “basically a day to let them shine,” Lindsey Lovvorn, special education teacher says.

Both Emily and Laura Ann enjoyed the Buddy Walk. “It was super awesome! I loved getting my face painted and dancing with my friends,” Laura Ann says. “It was fun,” Emily added about the Buddy Walk. Her favorite part was the walk and her friends.

All proceeds went to benefit those in our community with Down’s Syndrome. “The Buddy Walk was such an incredible event. There were hundreds of people representing someone with Down’s who has touched their life in some way. It was a great opportunity to put the spotlight on these incredible people.” says Lovvorn.

We’re glad that the PALS group, Laura Ann, and Emily had a blast at the Buddy Walk this past Sunday!