VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jeff Barba
Date: 09/13/16 Phone: 757.263.1017
News Release No. 009 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: jeff.barba@vbschools.com

Linkhorn Park Elementary student
to be featured in Times Square for
National Down Syndrome Society

James Grunwald, a student at Linkhorn Park Elementary School, will appear in the National Down Syndrome Society’s (NDSS) annual Times Square video presentation. According to the NDSS, this annual video features photographs of children, teens and adults with Down syndrome, “reminding the world in a very big way about the contributions and milestones of people with Down syndrome.”

This year’s video will be presented Saturday, Sept. 17, on the Times Square jumbotron in New York City.

Grunwald is one of the more than 400 people selected to be part of the video (more than 2,000 entries were submitted nationwide for consideration for the NDSS production). Grunwald’s selected picture shows him holding a book he wrote and illustrated as a first-grader last spring entitled, “I Can.”

“The annual Times Square Video presentation celebrates individuals with Down syndrome and all that they accomplish,” said VBCPS Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence. “By writing a book in first grade, James Grunwald has shown all of us that, with the support and love that he receives from the Linkhorn Park teachers and staff and his family, he can and will do anything that he chooses to accomplish. We are very proud of him.”

The video kicks off the New York City “Buddy Walk” which will be held in Central Park. According to the NDSS website, the Buddy Walk was established in 1995 to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. Grunwald and his entire family will travel to New York City to participate in Saturday’s event.

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Department of Media and Communications, vbcpsweb@vbschools.com

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