Laggan observes Down Syndrome Day
Laggan Public School was among the many Upper Canada District School Board that celebrated World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) March 21 by “rocking” 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.
Schools 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.