Special Guest in Our School for World Down Syndrome Day
If you did not know, March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day, which we recognized before break with the traditional silly socks. We do it on this day, being the 21st day of the 3rd month, to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.
Lydia Schmitt, a TW parent gave awesome presentations to Mrs. Mann and Mrs. Goodyear's Classes to recognize this day. She handed out goody bags for the kids with 5 items that represent something unique about children diagnosed with Down syndrome. These items and what they signify are pictured below.
The classes also did a service project to benefit new families attending GiGi’s Playhouse, a Down Syndrome achievement center that offers free therapies, tutoring, play groups, and family events for families with a child diagnosed with DS. The cards the kids wrote in class are addressed to new families who will receive the cards in their GiGi’s Playhouse welcome folder. They wrote things like “congratulations,” “welcome to GiGi’s Playhouse,” “Your child is a superhero,” “It’s okay to be different and unique,” and other positive messages.
What an awesome way to teach students about this unique condition! Thank you to Mrs. Schmitt for sharing your knowledge with our students. If you have unique experiences and knowledge to share, don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher. These presentations are awesome and provide such a great learning experience for our students.
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2290 Barrington Drive West|Aurora, IL 60503 P: (630) 636-3500|Fax: 630.636.3591