People get married every day. Every wedding is unique. But who needs five flower girls and three ring bearers? Louisville teacher, Kinsey French, did. She couldn't imagine getting married without including all the students in her special education class at Christian Academy Rock Creek. Along with her niece and her fiance's nephew, her six Down Syndrome students led the way down the aisle for the teacher they all love.
French's groom, Josh, proposed in her classroom with everyone watching. They are not isolated from the rest of the school, but in a program that integrates them into regular classrooms.
Stereotypes of Down Syndrome are unfair. Mrs. French says,“Our students are like any other class and deserve a chance to learn alongside their peers like anyone else.”
She had formed a bond with these children with whom she has spent so many hours. "They were my first class,"said French, of her students;"They were like family to me."
The kids took their duties seriously and did a stellar job strewing flowers along the white aisle runner and carrying the rings. Many wedding guests took pictures, and not one heart in that church went untouched.
The bride was proud of them, but not surprised. Kinsey has high expectations of her students in everything they do. We treat our kids with dignity and respect and encourage them to reach their full potential.
And their potential showed at her wedding. They were thrilled to get dressed up and be in the bridal party. And they loved the party after the ceremony. The food was fun, but their favorite part was dancing. The new Mrs. French said, "They made it a perfect day."
Image courtesy of Lang Thomas Photography
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