Cavendish Town Elementary students learn to be buddies

CTES students host a buddy walk to support those with Down Syndrome. Photo by Michelle Messina


CAVENDISH, Vt. – On Friday, Oct. 26, students from Cavendish Town Elementary School walked alongside teachers and community members to learn what it meant to be a buddy. The skies were clear and even the local fire department offered to contribute by riding alongside the students during their escapade.

The idea for the walk had originated from the second grade classroom known as “The Mighty Ducks,” but soon the whole school would contribute. It started as a lesson in teaching the class about friendship and individuality transitioned into learning about those diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Second grade teacher Lindsay Turgeon helped the second grade class create tie-dyed shirts, which consisted of blue and yellow to honor Down Syndrome Awareness Month, while Mrs. Churchill offered books to aid in teaching students about Down Syndrome and crafting pennants for the event.

On the day of the walk, the students lined up according to grade and began their journey around the village green alongside the local fire department, as well as family and community members who showed up to offer their support. The event ended with an all school recess on the playground, which painted an illustration of not only friendship but also what it means to be a part of a community.

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