(ZIZ News)— Students and staff at the Cotton Thomas Comprehensive School joined the global community in observing World Down Syndrome day for the first time on March 21st.
Principal of the school Charmaine Blanchette said observing the day is necessary in order to make the students feel special.
“It is important because our students are important. They can become meaningful citizens of society. They are a jolly, lovely, lively, huggable bunch and we want them to feel special. Not only ‘special’ in the way society looks at them but we want them to feel important and that they are loved and they belong to a community that is interested in them,” she said.
Principal Blanchette spoke of what was done to observe the day, stating, “For our devotions they were highlighted and they are out for lunch today at the ocean terrace inn on The Verandah and we think that is special for them.”
The principal further pledged the school’s continued observance in the upcoming year.
“There are Down Syndrome individuals in the community that are gainfully and actively employed so next year we will go bigger and we will include those that are in the community,” she said.
The Cotton Thomas Comprehensive School Caters to 117 special needs learners. 9 are students with Down Syndrome.