Lemonade Day is Sunday!

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Students from Houston’s Down Syndrome Academy, part of the Friends of Down Syndrome, will be making and selling lemonade all over Houston on Sunday, May 1, as part of national Lemonade Day.

The students will be at the following Kroger locations in Houston on Sunday:

10306 S. Post Oak (10 a.m. to noon)

1520 Eldridge Parkway (1-3 p.m.)

1352 W. 43rd St. (noon-2 p.m.)

9703 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress (1-3 p.m.)

9125 W. Sam Houston Pkwy (1-3 p.m.)

1938 West Gray (10 a.m.-noon)

20355 Cypresswood Dr., Cypress (1-3)

They will also be in front of Sports Clips at Hwy 529 and Hwy 6, 7065 Hwy 6N, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Formally started in Houston in 2007 and now in many cities across the country, Lemonade Day is a an educational program that teaches youth the entrepreneurial skills necessary to start their own business, a lemonade stand. The students at the Down Syndrome Academy have been making signs, learning to count money and make change, learning how to make lemonade and practicing greeting customers and making sales.

All proceeds from the Friends of Down Syndrome lemonade stands will go back into the nonprofit organization for future programs.

Book Club Launches this Spring!

63c8526f-b94a-49c7-8d71-544c313af848Claire Groff, a recent University of Texas graduate who moved back to Houston with a job in marketing, will be leading a book club for our students and others interested this spring. She led a similar book club for adults with Down syndrome in Austin through the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas.

Each session will run about 8-10 weeks.  During the meetings, members will socialize, vote on which book to read, practice reading out loud, and have the chance to buy a snack.

If you are interested in being a part of it, please email clairegroff4@gmail.com with questions.

Feb, 2016 DSA Wellness: Personal Hygiene

For the last four weeks we have been exploring and learning about personal hygiene at home and in public. Since men and women have different needs, we separated the students into two classes, men and women, for 1 hour on Wednesday afternoons. Each group was directed to handle their specific needs – bathing, oral hygiene, shampooing, brushing hair, shaving, using deodorant properly, etc. Every one of our students is quite capable of handling their own hygiene with just a little coaching. We also used videos, demonstrations, and had Bertha Castillo, a volunteer and a retired Cyfair School nurse, as our guest speaker.

Personal Hygiene Classes