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Kennedale National Honor Society Honors Others with Service

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By Wendy Hale

After five days of dressing up as characters, decorating class hallways and cheering on their football and volleyball teams to victory, some very dedicated Kennedale NHS members ended their homecoming week by serving their community in a big way. NHS members worked in shifts, beginning at 8:30 and ending at 1:30, to assist Green Oaks School in the Tarrant County Buddy Walk held at the University of Texas at Arlington on Saturday, October 20. Students manned the game center for the Green Oaks School, greeting children, cheering for them and rewarding them with some much deserved candy. After the Walk concluded at 1:00, {{more}}students helped dissemble the games, clean the area, and load the equipment for the Green Oaks School.

The Buddy Walk was created in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society ?to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October ?(ndss.org). Since 1995, the number of Walks has grown from 19 to 250 this year. According to NDSS, one out of every 691 babies born is born with Down syndrome. As Kennedale students witnessed today, these children are enthusiastic, caring, and, probably most evident, loved. The atmosphere at the Buddy Walk was one of celebration: a celebration of these beautiful children.

National Honor Society sponsors Chris Burke and Wendy Hale would like to thank the following students who volunteered in this year?s Buddy Walk: Hina Ajaz, Syed Ajaz, Elena Berry, Trey Burke, Laura Burrows, Cuillin Chastain-Howley, Amberlee Cook, Kelsey Deel, Rachel Dixon, Shirin Farahani, Darby Floyd, Taylor Garland, Aja Guyton, Basel Hamwi, Desirae Hobbs, Bradon Hull, Justin Jakubisin, Jay Jurchisin, Anali McLaughlin, Makenzie McMahan, Grant Malone, William Melbourne, Samantha Procell, Daniella Ramiriz, Diana Ruvalcaba, Ally Saenz, Fred Scott, Vanessa Stahl and Brett Taylor.

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