GMS: Creating a Culture of Inclusion
Grace McWayne turned World Autism Awareness Day on April 3 into a week of awareness for disabilities, which culminated in an all-school assembly and Friendship Walk on Fri., April 6.
The assembly featured a guest speaker, Julia, who shared her story about living with Down syndrome and how she’s no different than other people. She has a job, she travels, swims, dances, joined a Bunco group, and is CPR certified. She’s also a public speaker for the National Association of Down Syndrome and is working on getting her driving permit, which she said makes her mom and dad nervous. 🙂
“If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed,” Julia told students during her presentation.
After the Friendship Walk on Friday, GMS parent Josh Chambers shared the following message on Twitter, which speaks volumes about Grace McWayne’s effort to shine the light on what makes students unique and similar, acceptance of our differences, and how we all can connect: “I am so proud that my daughter was part of this today. Decency, respect, and empathy will carry the day. Darkness is driven out by the light. Thank You @BPS101 @BPS_Supt @GraceMcWayne.”
Take a peek at some of the pics from Grace McWayne’s assembly and Friendship Walk …