Thank you for supporting individuals with Down syndrome by Rocking Your Socks! All requests for flyers must be received by Monday, March 2. If you are interested in having a parent or staff member speak at your school, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We will try to accommodate as many schools as possible. Opportunities will be limited.
Schools and businesses across central Mississippi will participate in World Down Syndrome Day on Friday, March 20 by wearing crazy socks in celebration of people with Down syndrome and the many ways that they make our world brighter.
Why rock your socks on 3.21 (3.20 this year)? Down syndrome (or Trisomy 21) means that there are 3 copies (instead of 2) of the 21st chromosome which is why we celebrate on 3.21. Usually people have 46, but people with Down syndrome have one extra, they have 47. Down syndrome can affect how a person looks, speaks and how he or she learns in school. Students with Down syndrome may need extra time to do their work or have helpers, but they can learn the same skills as their classmates.
“Last year we had over 40 schools and businesses participating in the Rock Your Socks campaign! It is an important awareness effort, that young children understand that people with Down syndrome, at their schools and in their communities, are more alike than different.” Jennifer Babl, executive director, Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society.
World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness day which has been officially observed since 2012. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in every 700 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, making Down syndrome the most common chromosomal condition. About 6,000 babies with Down syndrome are born in the United States each year.
The mission of the Central MS Down Syndrome Society is to provide support, education, enrichment and resources to individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
For more information on how your school or business can Rock Your Socks or to support our local Down syndrome society, visit www.cmdss.org.