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Animating the motions of coach Veronica Muñiz, Carolina Vallejo makes “hamburger hands” demonstrating a visual cue to about 20 children inside the Berta Palacios Elementary School gym Thursday morning. Following the instructions, the children gripped and lifted the red, green and yellow parachute as they circled around the object, continuing the game. Vallejo has Down syndrome and graduated in May from Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district’s Pathways Toward Independence program, or PTI, which provides vocational training and independent living skills for special needs students. She also currently works at the district as an alumna and staff member. The PTI program also offers employability skills and certificates through South Texas College, according to PSJA’s website. Read the full story at themonitor.com.