The Together Walk

The Together Walk embraces the idea of creating a community support system where we can work together to provide what is best for people with disabilities.  thumbnail138543
The Together Walk embraces the idea of creating a community support system where we can work together to provide what is best for people with disabilities.
Board of Education trustee Edward Nitkewicz joined Ally in welcoming everyone to the day’s festivities.  thumbnail138541
Board of Education trustee Edward Nitkewicz joined Ally in welcoming everyone to the day’s festivities.
(left to right) Board trustee Ed Nitkewicz and Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy stand with the Special Education PTA, one of the many organizations who came out to offer their support.  thumbnail138544
(left to right) Board trustee Ed Nitkewicz and Whitman Principal Mr. John Murphy stand with the Special Education PTA, one of the many organizations who came out to offer their support.
Whitman’s turf turned into a dance floor thanks to an afternoon of music from Regal Entertainment.  thumbnail138545
Whitman’s turf turned into a dance floor thanks to an afternoon of music from Regal Entertainment.
It’s easy to feel bubbly when you’re out with friends supporting a great cause! thumbnail138546
It’s easy to feel bubbly when you’re out with friends supporting a great cause!
Thank you to everyone who came together as a community to support our children with disabilities. thumbnail138547
Thank you to everyone who came together as a community to support our children with disabilities.

The first ever Together Walk took place at Walt Whitman High School recently thanks to senior Ally Clark. Ally is the Co-President of the Ambassador Club, actively volunteers at Camp HorseAbility, and enjoys spending time with friends in the life skills room. When reflecting on the number of community outlets for children and adults with disabilities, Ally felt inspired to create an event that would foster relationship building and support within our community. The Together Walk is designed to help people in South Huntington share, understand, support, and gain acceptance of people with disabilities. The event provided staff, students, parents, caregivers and supporters a place to gather where they can meet and feel a sense of hope and strength when they often times seek help and assistance with their loved ones. The walk is intended to show the members of our community that you are not alone and together we will stand and help each other work through the issues that are associated with children that have disabilities.

“I learned that everybody is different in their own ways,” Ally shared before the start of the walk. “But even if you have autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, one leg, or even pink hair, we are all people and we all have meaning.” Families with children of all ages came out on this beautiful day to learn from one another and come together to share ideas on how to assist the children we all love as they grow in our community.

Everyone in attendance walked as one as they made their way around the Whitman track together. After a heartwarming first lap, the rest of the afternoon was full of games, raffles, refreshments, music, and entertainment provided by various Walt Whitman Clubs and a lively DJ from Regal Entertainment. It was immediately apparent when walking onto the track that everyone who attended came to be together in support of a great cause. Ally took a moment to thank everyone for participating and expressed, “This walk around the track is to show that no matter what is happening in your life, you have supporters and people who care.”

Thank you to everyone who came to participate on such a meaningful day for a wonderful cause. With the support of our staff, administration, and the many organizations involved, the Together Walk displayed a true sense of unity in support of people with disabilities.

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