Friday, March 07, 2008

Ohio girl with Down syndrome excels in mainstream classes

Sarah Wilkins, an 8th grader at McDowell Exchange School, works in the school library each day in lieu of taking a study hall. Sarah will be recognized with a national “Yes I Can” award for academics in Boston April 4.
Sarah Wilkins hasn't let her Down syndrome keep her from the athletic fields or the honor roll -- and that spirit has won her a CEC Yes I Can award for academics. "For a student with Down syndrome to not only participate in general education classes but actually lead the way in some of them, that is just remarkable," said CEC spokeswoman Lynda Van Kuren. "It becomes an instance when students without disabilities actually look up to the student with disabilities. They see her not complaining, doing the work and often mastering it and think, 'How can I complain?' " Circleville (Ohio) Herald

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