Annie Jaco and Her Friendship Cards and Bracelets

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The Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis gave a presentation at Barretts Elementary School where a self-advocate named Grace Mehan gave a very powerful speech. This speech inspired a fifth grade student named Annie Jaco to start a project where she made friendship bracelets and cards for individuals with Down syndrome. Along with the help of some of her classmates, they where able to find a way to raise money with their project and donated the funds raised to DSAGSL. Annie gave out the cards and bracelets Sunday at Step Up for Down Syndrome. Here is the letter she wrote us:

Dear St. Louis Down Syndrome Association,

My name is Annie. And I just finished fifth grade at Barretts Elementary School. A group of fifth graders helped with my project. We worked before and during school for a couple weeks, designing bracelets and cards. Many family’s donated the items we used to make bracelets and cards and some people gave us money.

 

Some kids liked the bracelets so much that they wanted to make one for themselves for 25 cents to show that they support people with Down syndrome. Each card that fifth graders made say special messages like “ you are amazing” or something like “smile it looks good on you.” we completed 81 bracelets with cards and raised 127 dollars. I love this project so much and I hope that everyone that gets a bracelet will love them too.

Sincerely,

Annie Jaco

This was such a wonderful idea! Thank you so much Annie!

Welcome Summer 2018 Interns!

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Welcome all of our summer interns, Kathryn, Rania, and Michael!

Hello, DSAGSL community! My name is Kathryn and I am proud to be welcomed into this wonderful community with open arms. I am a senior at the University of Missouri-St. Louis studying Communications. As a special events intern this summer, I will be helping the DSAGSL team with the planning and coordinating of special events. After graduation this following December, my goal is to work in special events for a hospital or non-profit in either Dallas or Chicago.

When I am not with the DSAGSL or at school, you can most likely find me at work! I work at Petals by Irene in Ladue as a floral designer. I also love going to any sports event, hockey especially. Down the road, I hope to accomplish a lot traveling. My bucket list is very long!

I look forward to a fun and productive summer with everyone and I hope I can help bring in more awareness!

 

Hello! My name is Rania Daoud, I am the programs intern at DSAGSL. I am currently a junior at Saint Louis University, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Psychology. After receiving my bachelors’ degree, I am hoping to go to graduate school for audiology. I would like to work as a pediatric audiologist, specifically working with infants in underdeveloped countries. At SLU, I am involved in the Muslim Student Association, Middle Eastern Student Association, National Speech and Hearing Association, and Mental Health Club.

I have a love of baking, and learning to bake new things. I love making cookies and Middle Eastern desserts the most. I have always dreamed of opening my own bakery after I retire. I also love to read, my favorite book being the Alchemist; I recommend the book to absolutely everyone. I am incredibly excited to be working at DSAGSL this summer.

Hi, my name is Michael and I will be working as a communications intern with DSAGSL! I am a senior at the University of Missouri St. Louis pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Media Studies with a minor in Communication. I will be graduating this summer in August after I finish my internship.

I play in a fast-pitch softball league every Monday during the summer and enjoy playing golf as well. When I am not out playing sports I enjoy reading and watching TV. My favorite book is The Martian by Andy Weir and my favorite TV show is Mr. Robot. I am very excited to be working with DSAGSL this summer and cannot wait for what is in store!