South Orangetown Central School District

Last Friday, Tappan Zee High School COVE students hosted Dravet Awareness Day in recognition of Epilepsy Awareness Day (March 26).

Dravet syndrome is a rare form of Epilepsy that impacts 1 out of 15,700 people. TZHS COVE teachers began organizing Dravet Awareness Day after Amanda H, a student who has Dravet syndrome, suggested they create an awareness campaign. “As a team, we all pulled ideas together and made it a special day for all of our students and hopefully brought awareness to the school community that no one is alone and we all have obstacles to overcome. The journey is always better with some friends! Our intent is to create an awareness day next year encompassing all disabilities or challenges,” said COVE teacher Bonnie McCourt.

For Dravet Awareness Day, all TZHS students and staff were encouraged to wear purple and COVE students, teachers and members of TZ United hosted a table during lunch periods where students could learn more about Dravet syndrome and pick up purple bracelets, pins and ribbons. Amanda and her family created informative posters that included facts about the disease and students decorated the 600’s hallway with handmade posters featuring messages of encouragement.

Dravet awareness table