Written by Shelly Newman Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00
Earlier this month at the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual Buddy Walk, Team North Shore grew to comprise many students and their siblings, as well as parents and teachers from Sea Cliff Elementary School. The team even included a four-legged friend.
Teacher Mark Mihopulos said, “We celebrated Down Syndrome Awareness Month (October) by fundraising online, walking a mile as a team, and enjoying music and festivities at the bay side Tanner Park in Copiague.”
The annual Buddy Walk was started in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society .
“This year was our biggest team yet,” said Mihopulos. “I feel our community is one of the most ground-breaking in its inclusiveness and supportive team nature, as demonstrated by the selfless participation of so many students and families.”
The students (and siblings) included Matthew and Grace Ryan, Ava and Dino Petersen, and Kyprian “Kypa,” Manya and Alyosha Kallaur. The Sea Cliff teachers in attendance included Mark Mihopulos and Kerry Robertson.
Team North Shore is sponsored by the Sea Cliff K-Kids, under the advisement of Mihopulos. They raised approximately $200 to further awareness and research in support of Down Syndrome on Long Island. To celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome visit www.ndss.org/Buddy-Walk/#sthash.dgru6a92.dpuf