Kids Making A Difference
My Great Story
Recently 5th graders at Newton’s Memorial Spaulding School had the chance to meet some real-life video stars – Trent and Megan Briggs. The students were learning about our Intellectual Disabilities unit, which features a special video called “My Great Story.” It is about the action Trent took to help eliminate the R-word from our vocabulary, on behalf of his sister, Megan, who has Down syndrome.
Trent and Megan visited the school in person, and shared their story. As a 9-year-old, Trent wrote to the Scholastic Children’s Dictionary, asking them to change the definition of Down syndrome to remove the R-word – and they did!
Students were incredibly enthusiastic to meet this brother and sister in person, and were captivated by Trent’s successful advocacy and Megan’s hip-hop dancing. At the end of their talk, students gathered around special “End the R-Word” posters and signed their names.
What a great lesson in kids making a difference.
To view “My Great Story,” part of UOD’s Intellectual Disabilities unit, click here.