In his role as student aide in the functional academics class at Staley Middle School, Alex Bacchus has found himself learning as much as assisting the teacher and students in the class.
Functional academics class is designed to teach life skills to students to allow them to succeed in real-life situations at home, school and in the community. In Frisco ISD the classes are offered as part of special education for students with moderate educational challenges.
It was through getting to know some of the students in functional academics at Staley that Bacchus was inspired to educate the entire Staley student body.
In October, during National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Bacchus created a school-wide QR code scavenger hunt for all of the Staley students to play and learn about Down syndrome.
Each of the 31 QR codes contained a fact about Down syndrome. The students used this information to fill in a puzzle, which spelled out the quote, “People with Down syndrome are beautiful.” The Staley PTA generously donated gift certificates for the school Snack Shack to the successful gamers.
Staley Principal Anita Robinson says she is very proud that Bacchus created this game on his own initiative and that he did it all at home on his own personal time outside of the classroom. Bacchus is considering going into medicine when he grows up and has a strong heart for helping others, according to his family.