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LHS wins Nashville Buddy Walk School Challenge

Jake Old • Updated Nov 17, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Lebanon High School received a $1,000 grant from the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee on Wednesday morning for winning the 2016 Nashville Buddy Walk School Challenge on Oct. 29. 

Alecia Talbott, director of the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee, presented a check to Lebanon High School principal Scott Walters and special education teacher Destini Eaton. 

Lebanon competed against nine other schools to raise $2,514 for the Down Syndrome Association’s 19th annual awareness event. 

The grant Lebanon High School received will be used to support its special education program. 

The school also received a trophy and a pizza party for its team. Educators will also receive training from the Down Syndrome Association and Julie Mayer Behavioral Consulting as part of the award. 

More than 50 students and faculty members from the school participated in the Down syndrome awareness event, including cheerleaders who cheered on the teams as they completed the walk. 

“Lebanon High School students’ support at the event is just as important as their fundraising,” said Alecia Talbott, director of the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee. 

“The Nashville Buddy Walk is our largest Down syndrome awareness event. It celebrates the accomplishments and extraordinary gifts individuals with Down syndrome bring to our communities, and having the support from our local schools helps ease the worries that families with young children have about their children being included, valued and accepted.” 

The Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee provides education, advocacy and support programs to enhance the lives of those with Down syndrome.

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