Missouri Avenue Elementary third-grader Mikayla Delgado inspired her classmates to raise $307 for the Down Syndrome Foundation’s annual Buddy Walk and was presented with the check at a school assembly Friday morning. (Mark Wilson Photo)
In an effort to raise money for the Down Syndrome Foundation’s annual Buddy Walk, third-grader Mikayla Delgado took the initiative to involve her classmates.
With a “Dress Down for Downs Day” event, kids at Missouri Avenue Elementary were given the option to pay $1 to wear jeans instead of their uniforms.
On Friday, the school’s PTA presented Delgado with a check of what the kids raised: $307.
On top of the money, Delgado also has nearly 80 people signed up to walk on her team, Mikayla’s Marvels. And from the school, there are at least 15 teachers planning to walk. That’s the most involvement the school has ever had.
When asked how she got people to join her team, Delgado said she simply asked nicely and smiled. And according to her teacher Rose Stewart, Delgado is always smiling.
“The staff is always involved in all the kids, no matter what they are doing, but I think we all have a special place in our hearts for Mikayla,” Stewart said. According to her, this 9-year-old touches everyone.
“Having her in my class is like having a little piece of heaven,” Stewart said.
And although the money raised is a great feat, Delgado’s mom, Crystal Delgado, said the more amazing thing is how accepting the kids have been.
“I think the best part is (Mikayla) being included in everything, and her being accepted for who she is,” Crystal said. “That’s the most important thing to me.”
The Buddy Walk takes place Oct. 19, and registration can be done online at dsfsenm.org or at the Down Syndrome Foundation office, 306 A N. Richardson. For more information, call 622-1099.