These are chromosomes.:
The one circled is chromosome 21 – note the three copies of the chromosome. This is Trisomy 21 also known as Down syndrome. You and I have just two copies of Chromosome 21. People with Down syndrome have 3 copies.
They look like socks, right? This is where the idea of Rock your Socks for World Down Syndrome Day was born from… simple!
On March 21st, World Down Syndrome Day, we celebrate and raise awareness by wearing our brightest, loudest socks.
And why is WDSD held on March 21st?
21:3 (chromosome 21, 3 copies = 21st day of 3rd month of the year).
Did you know? WDSD has been observed by the United Nations since 2012.
World Down Syndrome Day is a day to raise awareness about Down syndrome, to advocate for the rights of people with Down syndrome, and in general, has become a day to celebrate people with Down syndrome and the role they play in our lives and communities.
One of the fun traditions of WDSD is to wear mismatched socks and post photos and videos of those socks on social media.
This year, don’t be left feeling sock envy — get your crazy socks lined up so that you can show your support and participate in this fun tradition.
GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley will be creating Rock Your Sock kits. The kits will include socks and fabric markers to create your own fun designs. This will also be an opportunity for you to share a pair of socks with a friend to create their own design and also spread awareness.
Rock Your Sock kits will be available for pick up March 15-March 19. RSVP on our calendar to pick up!
Don’t forget to snap a pic of your mismatched socks and tag #GiGisWDSD!