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Valley View students assist Down Syndrome Foundation

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Students of Jennifer Johnson’s fifth-grade class at Valley View Elementary School help Norissa Bullard, right, executive director of Down Syndrome Foundation of Southeastern New Mexico, load up her vehicle with nearly 1,000 items the school collected to donate for October’s Step Up 4 Down Syndrome event. (Juno Ogle Photo)

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Students at Valley View Elementary School stepped up to a challenge to help out the Down Syndrome Foundation of Southeastern New Mexico by collecting almost 1,000 items for October’s Step Up 4 Down Syndrome event.

Fifth-grade members of the Valley View student council led the efforts under the direction of fifth-grade teacher Jennifer Johnson. Monday morning, Norissa Bullard, executive director of Down Syndrome Foundation of Southeastern New Mexico, came to the school and Johnson’s class helped load the cases of water, Gatorade and snack-food items into two vehicles.

The snacks and drinks will be distributed during Step Up 4 Down Syndrome, which will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 16 at Russ DeKay Soccer Complex, 1500 N. Grand Ave. Valley View student council members will be among the 1,000 walkers expected at the fundraising event.

“As teachers, we think this helps show the children the importance of lending a hand to those in need without always reaping a reward,” Johnson said.

Each grade level at Valley View was tasked with bringing different items, Johnson said.

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“Each class competed who could bring the most,” she said, with the winners getting a popcorn party this week.

In May, Valley View students collected more than 2,000 boxes of cereal to donate to Roswell Community Disaster Relief and the Assurance Home.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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