‘Inspiring’ Kearny student featured on Times Square billboard for National Down Syndrome Society



a person standing in front of a store: Nicolle Santos, 7, looks at a picture of herself on a billboard in Times Square.


© Courtesy of Jon Zimmerman/Kearny Public Schools.
Nicolle Santos, 7, looks at a picture of herself on a billboard in Times Square.

Nicolle Santos looked up at a Times Square billboard and couldn’t contain her joy as a familiar face smiled back at her. 

Sure enough, it was Nicolle’s own smile among the sea of flashing lights in the iconic section of Midtown Manhattan. A photo of Nicolle looking at herself on the billboard showed her unmistakable elation and warmed the hearts of those whose lives she brightens on a daily basis. 

“She is my inspiration,” said her mother, Mell Santos, of Kearny. “She was super happy and excited.” 

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Nicolle was one of 500 people with Down syndrome to be featured on the billboard, according to the National Down Syndrome Society, who coordinates the annual

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