What surprised the Hunk was that on every float their were students who knew Jake and Sam and were calling out their names, waving and throwing candy to them. I forget that I am parent that goes to the school the most and see them interact with other students. They are totally accepted by their peers. This year Sam is even sitting with a group of football players at lunch. April graduated 4 years ago so she was recognized by the coaches and teachers on the floats.Later that night during dinner Jim said, “Every Friday night should start with a parade!” I couldn’t agree more. There is something about being outside on a fall day waving at your friends as they wave back that is amazing. It’s called being a part of your community and I love it.
Here is a great article about a young man with Down syndrome who became the Homecoming King at his school: down syndrome Daily.