Olive Statham walks into Howlong Preschool with a huge smile and a cuddle for all her educators.
The bubbly 5-year-old, with an "infectious personality", adores singing and dancing and all things unicorn related, says the centre's director Olivia-Rose Pepper.
Olive has been enrolled at the preschool since the start of 2019 and she has brought a magical quality to the close-knit community there, according to Ms Pepper.
This month the preschool is celebrating Williams Syndrome Awareness Month and the special "superpowers" that come with Olive's rare genetic disorder, which affects 1 in 10,000 people worldwide.
The condition is caused by the deletion of 26-28 genes on chromosome 7 and brings a range of physical and intellectual challenges often accompanied by a very sociable personality.
This year amid the constraints of coronavirus and in the absence of the annual Border Unicorn Festival, started by Olive's mum Robyn in 2018, the preschool is taking some of Olive's favourite things and transforming them into a delightful program of activities.
From 'Groovicorn' books and unicorn craft to beaded rainbows and musical shakers, staff have tailored learning experiences into a colourful array of activities to raise awareness of Williams Syndrome, Ms Pepper says.
A large rainbow banner hangs outside the fence along with take-home information sheets "so that our whole preschool and wider community are aware of Williams Syndrome and how we can support those who have it," she adds.
"As we complete an activity we add them to our display on the fence while children isolating at home can still join us using the activity packs and sending in photos.
"We have been uploading our experiences and information to our Facebook page; we are passionate about supporting all members of our preschool community and this is one way we envisaged we could continue to do this during COVID-19."
Mrs Statham says the support for their family was "fabulous" and adds the benefits are a two-way street.
"We put so many hours of therapy into teaching our children how to interact with society but at the same time we are teaching their mainstream peers how to interact with people with different abilities," she says.
And that truly is the wondrous thing about having a child with Williams Syndrome in the learning environment, agrees Shannon Ritchie, director of Goodstart Early Learning at West Albury.
With her beautiful smile and luminescent blue eyes, 4-year-old Norah Heath brings a special kind of joy to those around her.
"She teaches us and her peers daily about patience, wonder, curiosity, empathy and resilience," Ms Ritchie explains.
"Norah has such special qualities we have grown to know and love and we have been privileged to celebrate many precious milestones with her family - learning to walk, drinking from a cup and her first words."
Painted handprints from classmates adorn a colourful banner proclaiming Williams Syndrome Awareness Month at Goodstart.
And while Norah has formed friendships and relationships with her educators, her presence has equally enriched the lives of those around her, according to Ms Ritchie.
"It has taught children to understand we are all different and have our own unique qualities and about acceptance and inclusion of all people, young and old," she says.
(Norah is the daughter of the author of this article.)