The reason Laura wanted to walk in the Buddy Walk is because "her child" that she works with every single day has Down Syndrome. She told me that I couldn't post any pictures of him on here or on facebook but just let me tell you . . .I got some great shots and I have printed the photos. I have a set for the special ed teacher (I hope that is still the title for that teaching position - if it is not, please forgive me). I also have a set of photos for the student's daddy. His daddy walked with us and it was nice to meet both of them. Laura's little boy loves to dance and I have some cute pictures of him dancing. I also have a great picture of him with Chuck E. Cheese! (that rat had to be so hot in that furry costume!!)
We had turned the corner and I was able to look back over the rest of the folks coming along behind us. We somehow ended up toward the front of the walk which was nice. See, I told you there were lots of folks!!!
I met some of the teachers from Laura's school. Everyone was really nice. This was their official group from the school.
Unbeknownst (that is evidently not a word because the "abc checker" won't recognize it -- I've heard it before so I'm wondering if I have it spelled so incorrectly that checker can't recognize the word!!!!) to me, we were supposed to wear lots of bling. Laura's teacher friend had on her bling. I had accidentally left my pearl necklace and earrings on with my t-shirt and shorts so I fit right in!! In the picture above, the girl on the far right with red hair is from England. She is doing the teacher exchange program. I loved listening to her talk!
There were inflatables for the children and there were food tents and lots of different groups had their own tents. There was even a tent for information about adopting a child with Down Syndrome. I wanted to slide down this slide but I think I'm over the weight limit. Doesn't it look fun????
This bike was one of my favorite things. This is either a grandfather or an older father. His special needs son was usually on the other seat. I wonder where in the world they found a bike like that so that he could ride and I also wondered if they had made it . . .and I wondered how much something like that would cost.
There was also a boy scout troop carrying signs with a picture of their buddy who was also a scout.
I can't believe it - just a couple of weeks ago, I walked in the mental health walk and then the Buddy Walk. Neither was a long walk - maybe a mile or so - both walks were short because the short walk allowed those affected to walk with us - to use their abilities!!!
I am so proud of Laura. Not only is she working with this sweet child every single day but she has agreed to sit with another child on Sunday nights at our church during confirmation. He is one of a set of quads . . and he is non-verbal . . .and this way, he can be confirmed with his siblings. I am a middle-aged mom and I am so proud of my girl!!