As a student at NDSCS, your educational experience can be greatly enhanced by volunteering either locally in the community, near your hometown or through a national non-profit affiliate.
Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. For more information visit: www.servicelearning.org/what-service-learning.
What is Williams Syndrome (WS)?
Williams syndrome is a genetic condition that is present at birth and can affect anyone. It is characterized by medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays and learning disabilities. These often occur side by side with striking verbal abilities, highly social personalities and an affinity for music. Williams syndrome affects 1 in 10,000 people worldwide – an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 people in the United States. It is known to occur equally in both males and females and in every culture.
What is the WSA?
The Williams Syndrome Association is the most comprehensive resource for people and families living with WS as well as doctors, researchers and educators. The WSA provides the resources and referrals that families need. It also provides a strong and supportive community with which to connect throughout that child’s life.
To learn more about Williams syndrome and the WSA, visit www.williams-syndrome.org.
Why support the ND Walk for Williams?
It’s important to stop to consider why WS Awareness Week is so critical. WS affects about 1 in 10,000 births; this means there are nearly 30,000 individuals with Williams syndrome in the United States. It occurs randomly and can affect anyone. However, most people have never heard about Williams syndrome and typically don’t understand the unique challenges faced by these amazing children and adults, nor have they experienced their joyful outlooks on life or been given the chance to impact the lives of families affected by Williams syndrome.
Awareness Week is your chance to help put Williams syndrome “on the map,” to educate teachers, inform doctors and to share your family’s journey. The more awareness generated, the easier it will be to raise critical funding for research and new programs. And that will lead to a greater appreciation and understanding of our loved ones with Williams syndrome.
What makes this event so special?
This event is special because you are supporting the WSA while getting to meet a child or adult with Williams syndrome. People with Williams syndrome are known to be the happiest people on earth. Their gregarious smile and attitude is sure to put a smile on your face. You can come enjoy
some time with your family and support the people that set the bar for kindness for all of mankind.
How can I help?
You can help by registering to attend the ND Walk for Williams on Saturday, May 17 at Chahinkapa Zoo and Park. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the walk begins at 11 a.m. Lunch will follow after.
Create a fundraising goal of $100-$500 by asking your friends and family to sponsor you as a walker. Registration will be available beginning March 1, 2014. If you need a fundraising form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are graduating on May 16, this is a fun family event to go to with your family the next day right here in Wahpeton.
Volunteers assist in the following ways:
Det MP Supt Company
4th Law Enforcement Battalion
2003 4th St N
Wahpeton, ND 58075
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