Students support World Down Syndrome Day by wearing #LotsOfSocks : Photo of the day 3/21/19


Bailey Bennett

Class of 2021 students, Bailey Bennett, Leah Bolger, Matilda Geffen, Ashley Nash and Julian Rodriguez show off their socks to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day.

by Bailey Bennett, Reporter

On March 21, students wore fun, colorful and unique socks to show their support for World Down Syndrome Day.

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is held annually on March 21 to represent the cause of Down Syndrome, a triplicate of the 21st chromosome.

WDSD was created to raise awareness about what Down Syndrome is, what it means to have Down Syndrome and the role those with Down Syndrome play in our community.

As a technique to increase awareness about WDSD, #LotsOfSocks was created. #LotsOfSocks promotes people all over the world to wear bright, unusual socks on March 21.

Among the students who participated in #LotsOfSocks, class of 2021 member Matilda Geffen said, “I participated in Lots of Socks to show my support and raise awareness in our school. I think down syndrome is often viewed very negatively and overlooked, so I was happy to participate.”

Learning for life teacher, Mary Cate Henry said, “I think it’s very nice that these students are recognizing others who may be different from them, supporting them and bringing awareness to the cause.”

In addition to raising awareness, WDSD encourages global and local fundraising for Down Syndrome research. The WDSD campaign strives to use fund raised money to improve the lives of those with Down Syndrome and continue to advocate for and support those affected and their families.

To support World Down Syndrome Day you can donate or post on social media using the hashtags, #WorldDownSyndromeDay #WDSD19 #LeaveNoOneBehind #LotsOfSocks.