Griffin Farrell sits in an East Hills Middle School eighth-grade class learning equations alongside his peers.

It’s something the 14-year-old with Down syndrome has done since kindergarten.

Griffin’s brothers go to Catholic school. But his mother, Dena Farrell, said the Bethlehem Area School District has the best resources to work with her son’s unique learning needs and allow him to be part of a regular classroom.

“It’s been nothing but a positive experience. We’ve always wanted to do this as a team,” Farrell said, referring to the district’s special education program. “And they do everything as a team.”

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