ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University education students and professors recently assisted with a project aimed at raising awareness of children with Down syndrome.
The CU representatives helped with a Buddy Walk at New River Park in Beckley on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 5. In its first year, the walk was sponsored by Down with That, a local support group for parents who have children with Down syndrome. The National Down Syndrome Society started the walks in 1995 as a form of advocacy.
“They asked if we would be willing to host a couple activities,” Dr. Andrea Campbell, associate professor, early education, said.
The Concord students responded with “all sorts of activities for the children” according to Campbell. “They also participated in the walk as well,” she said.
The CU delegation offered activities in the walk’s play area including sand tables and bubble blowing. The nearly 15 Concord students participating represented the University’s pre-school, special needs, elementary education and special education majors. Faculty assisting with the event along with Campbell are Dr. Bea Harris, associate professor, early childhood special education; and Dr. Kathryn Tucker, assistant professor of education.