Down Syndrome Super Star #1 – Kirkwood KinderCare Staff

In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, the DSAGSL is recognizing individuals or groups who have gone above and beyond for an individual with Down syndrome and/or the Down syndrome community. Do you know an individual or group who fits this description? We want to congratulate them! Submit their name/contact info, a brief description and pictures to

I’d like to nominate the staff at Kirkwood Kindercare, for welcoming Will with open arms every time we go through the doors. He graduated and is at Lindbergh now, but from age 1-3 he attended Kindercare.

When I was looking for daycare, I was so dismayed by long wait lists. The only place I found with availability, wasn’t comfortable enrolling a child with Down syndrome. Needless to say, I was heartbroken.

The shining light was when Kindercare was, not only delighted to enroll him, but didn’t hesitate at all. His two-year-old classroom teachers were awesome with him, listened to his First Steps team, and loved him like he was theirs. Patience and understanding, with high expectations, is something we all want and that is what we found there. There is such a positive tone set at Kindercare, and they are always so flexible.

15 out of 25 of their staff walked at Step Up for Down Syndrome this year. Amazing!

I hope you consider the Kindercare in Kirkwood superstars, because I know Will does and so do we!

-JJ Gossrau, parent of Will

Being an Aunt – by Abeo Anwisye

Being an Aunt is the greatest thing on Earth. I like playing with my nieces and nephews. They are a lot of fun.

They love having me around them, too.  They are always showing me their toys.  I’m glad to have all my nieces and nephews around.

Recently, I became a new Aunt!

About Me – by Ethan Schroeder

Hi! I’m Ethan J. Schroder. I like doing this blog about myself. I like sports like baseball, basketball, and bowling. I also like to play video games on the PS3 system. I also like to play my drums and guitars. I like to hang out with my friends. My birthday is not until July 23. My favorite quote is, “With great power, comes great responsibility.”

My grandfather Schroeder is in the hospital now because he has cancer, which is called Leukemia.  He is in my head and heart.

I am involved with the Pujols Family Foundation, too. I also have been involved with the St. Louis ARC. I am now 23 years old now.

I have a dog her name is Lucy D. Schroeder. I have a single mother that is involved with the St. Louis ARC, & the St. Luke’s Hospital.  She works at CTS – (Constructions of Technology site).

Since I am a student there, I get involved with UMSL’s events as well, like the Triton Take Off party. I also got into the MADCO internship. It is an on campus internship over at the Tou Hill Performing Arts.

Lastly, I have a new internship at the DSAGSL as well.

Gus’ Playground by Penny Long

Gus’ Playground is located in Wilmore Park in South city. The park is located near Hampton and Gravois along River Des Peres. It is a universally accessible playground meaning there is something for people of all abilities to do, even those in wheelchairs. Our Alderman picked Gus because of his special needs and to honor the family of a police officer who gave his time to public service in the city of St. Louis.  That person is Gus’ Papa Gabel who is retired from St. Louis City Police Department.

It is Gus’ playground and he will tell you so….”my playground”.  We actually visit there a couple times a week and last night he had a blast playing will all the other kids as an equal participant.  Awesome to see this happen before my very eyes!

Spiderman and Superman were at the grand opening in August!  Gus stood with Mayor Slay during his entire speech and is attending a dinner this coming weekend at Missouri Athletic Club for a fundraiser for Unlimited Play where we have been told he will be presenting Mayor Slay with an award.

Pulling the ribbon and being the first to run on the playground was super fun and exciting.  It appears that beside the swings, Gus’ favorite thing to do is hang upside down from the low monkey bars or go in fast circles on the carousel that was sponsored by Cardinals Care.

Soon there will be a sign with Gus’ picture from the grand opening and the words “Let’s Play!”

My First Concert – by Lindsey Hawkins

This is a story about a concert.

My mom and I went to a concert last Wednesday, and it was my first time to see a concert. The artist was One Direction.

I got the music for the band One Direction one week ago. It was great music.  At the concert, it was amazing!  It had bright lights and the walk was in colors as they were singing. The tickets were so close to the stage, and the music was loud. There were also fireworks going off in the concert, and they had fog before it began.

The concert was amazing night for both of us.

I am now a fan of One Direction and concerts!