On Tuesday, March 21, Lower School students celebrated World Down Syndrome Day by participating in the WDSD #LotsofSocks Campaign. Our students chose to wear colorful and wacky socks as the perfect opportunity to start a conversation about WDSD.
Inspired by a beloved family member diagnosed with Downs Syndrome, two Lower School students challenged the whole of Lower School at last week’s assembly to support World Down Syndrome Day by wearing fun colored and wacky socks to school. The girls talked about the importance of people with disability and the contributions they make to our world. Head of Lower School, Mrs. Faasee commented: “The girls did a fantastic job discussing what Down Syndrome is and how it is something that doesn’t stop you from dreaming, doing and achieving.”
One in every 1000 babies born in the United Kingdom will have down syndrome and one in 700 in the United States. Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome. Recognizing these unique people and the difference they can make to the community and how much they can achieve is a vital part of reducing the stigma surrounding disability. All valid lessons for our students, parents, and faculty to learn.
To learn more about this special day visit the World Down Syndrome Day website.