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Balloon launch kicks off DD Awareness Month

Students from Open Door School kick off Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month with their annual balloon launch Tuesday morning.

Students from Open Door School kick off Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month with their annual balloon launch Tuesday morning.

 

The Open Door School has many events scheduled for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and students and faculty kicked things off on Tuesday with a balloon launch.

More than 60 students gathered outside the school, which provides comprehensive education to those with special needs, to send their purple balloons into the sky. The launch is an annual tradition at the school to mark the beginning of March’s events and the children look forward to it, principal Kendra Hein said.

She said the theme of this year’s DDA month is “What’s your story?”

“Every person, regardless of ability, has a story to share,” she said.

Following the launch, the school hosted Dr. Seuss Day at the school.

More events throughout the county are scheduled by the Lawrence Board of Developmental Disabilities for the coming month.

An open house will be hosted at the Adult Activities Center on March 10. A chill fest and craft show will take place in Dawson Bryant High School’s gym from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 12

March Madness basketball games will be at 5:45 p.m. at Dawson-Bryant on March 22, and a 5K Run/Walk is set for 9 a.m on April 9, starting at The Point and running through the Industrial Park.