Brockville – Staff and students across the Upper Canada District School Board celebrated World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) today by “rocking” their mismatched socks.
WDSD is a designated UCDSB special recognition day and was first observed in 2006 in many countries around the world. In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 21 as the National World Down Syndrome Day.
The date symbolizes the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome that causes Down Syndrome.
The “Rock your Socks” tagline and symbol of mismatched socks were chosen by Down Syndrome International to reflect the fact that chromosomes are shaped like socks, and people with Down Syndrome have an extra one.
Meadowview Public School, Rockland Public School, Laggan Public School, RothwellOsnabruck School and South Grenville District High School were some of the many schools across the board that held assemblies, classroom discussions and/or promoted special activities surrounding WDSD. The purpose of this day is to educate students on
the condition and reinforce the importance of showing patience and kindness to everyone.
“This is a day we take special note of in our school because we do have a student with Down Syndrome and we want her peers to recognize her challenges, as well as everything she has to offer,” says Meadowview Public School Principal Dave Corney.