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Perspective from Fourth Grade
Perspective from Fourth Grade

Recently we had the opportunity to visit our son's class room. In September our family attended the 17th annual Buddy Walk in Central Park. We then shared our pictures of the trip to New York City with his 4th grade class. These are kids that he has grown up with. These are kids who spend time with him in the classroom and outside of school. They know him and they know his family. We have tried to help them understand what Down syndrome is and what it is not. We have talked with them about what makes our son like them and in what ways he is different. At the end of our visit we gave the students a chance to tell us how they were 'more alike him than different' and this is what they shared: 'We are alike because we are both boys.' 'We both have blue eyes.' 'We both have one sister.' 'We both are 10 years old.' 'We both have been to Hawaii.' 'He is like me because he was made by God and I was too.' 'We both have glasses.' 'We both wear GAP clothes.' 'We both love our families.' 'We both love to jump on his trampoline.' 'We both like to play outside.' 'We are both smart.' 'We both have a lot of friends.' 'We both like hanging out with our friends.' 'We both like to go on vacation.' 'We both like to have fun.' "We both are cool.' Thank you to one amazing bunch of fourth graders! You are helping us make inclusion and acceptance happen. You are helping us show the world that everyone with Down syndrome is 'more like us than different!'

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Julie Kramer, United States, MN
11/8/2011 11:58:18 AM
Great story ~ such honesty of 4th graders - love it!

Jessica Kooima, United States, AZ
11/8/2011 12:59:27 PM
Great story!! It is all bout living life together!!! Thanks for sharing Renita!!

Michaela Van Voorst, United States, IA
11/8/2011 5:43:51 PM
I love you Kadin James! you are truly a blessing in my life! I love you just the way you are and wouldn't change a thing! :) <3 Mikky ;)

Lucy Petter, United States, IA
11/8/2011 7:54:37 PM
Kadin is a cool kid. He does have lots of friends! Kadin likes to swim too! I really like it that the kids in school will grow up with a better understanding about kids with Down Syndrome. To not fear others adversities is the first step in getting

Marcie Schuiteman, United States, IA
11/8/2011 8:23:38 PM
A great story about a great family and a great group of kids!

Nicole, United States, IA
11/8/2011 9:11:34 PM
only kids can say it and see it how it really is.. Kadin you are a wonderful boy.. Thank you for being you...

Kari Schmalbeck, United States, IA
11/8/2011 11:38:25 PM
What a great story! Can't imagine where the GAP comment came from, however. :) Seems like yesterday he was sitting on my circle carpet in T.K....Love and hugs to you all!

Denise Lopez, United States, IA
11/10/2011 1:32:32 AM
Awesome story! I am so glad to see that things are changing for kidspeople with Down Syndrone. I know there is still alot of work to do but these 4th graders may be the start of something BIG! Way to go Kadin, Renita and family!

Sandra Spaulding, United States, IA
11/16/2011 9:42:42 AM
We like our story because Kadin is more like us than different!

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