Today I had the honor of watching Jaylen give a presentation to her 5th grade class about Down Syndrome. I was so proud of her, helping spread awareness and acceptance to one day make the world a better place for her baby sister.
When we first got Jana I was so worried Jaylen wouldn’t adjust. For almost 10 years not only was she the baby of the family but the only girl! I wasn’t sure she was prepared to make that adjustment. But without a second thought, she adores her baby sister! They are the best of friends and I am sure that will only continue as Jaylen matures.
Since it is Down Syndrome awareness month, we thought it would be a good opportunity for Jaylen to share DS with her class mates. Her teacher thought it was a great idea and welcomed us in. Not only did Jaylen research DS herself, she also wrote out her speech with very little help. She gave her presentation, showed a short video and then we both answered a ton of questions. I wasn’t expecting that, but the kids were very interested in learning more. They asked great questions and were very excited to see Jana.
I would like to think that Jaylen helped 32 kids become more accepting and open to befriending a child with Down Syndrome. Her teacher now wants to talk to the principle and see if we can do it for the school too 🙂
Please watch the videos below 🙂