Lag­gan ob­serves Down Syn­drome Day

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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.

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