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Student Celebrated On World Down Syndrome Day

Posted at 1:49 PM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 17:50:51-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– March 21 is recognized as World Down Syndrome Day so the teachers and staff at Ashland Elementary School in Lexington decided to celebrate.

March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome.

The school has one student with Down Syndrome and they spent Thursday making sure he felt like a celebrity. The school hall became a parade route and the Grand Marshall was Hudson Harris.

For the celebration, Ashland Elementary students either decorated a ribbon or crazy socks, another symbol of Down Syndrome Awareness.

“Some of the ribbons downstairs, the students wrote Hudson a special little note,” said Special Needs Paraeducator Cynthia Buckner.

The celebration was months in the making and once it all came together, it made for an emotional day.

“It was so amazing, I kinda teared up a little bit because I’ve been working so hard all these many months to achieve this for him because of him being so special to our heart here,” said Buckner.

The look on his face showed the Hudson enjoyed his special day.

“Happy day for me!” Hudson said.

Hudson Harris

Here's a happy video for you. Today is #WorldDownSyndromeDay. This is how students and faculty greeted Hudson Harris this morning at Ashland Elementary. They wanted to celebrate how special Harris truly is.

Posted by LEX 18 on Thursday, March 21, 2019