World Down Syndrome Day at Columbus Avenue and Bayview Avenue Schools
Posted on 04/02/2024
World Down Syndrome Day at  Columbus Avenue and Bayview Avenue Schools

Columbus Avenue and Bayview Avenue elementary schools took part in the worldwide celebration of Down Syndrome Awareness Day. 

 On March 21, students and staff from both schools wore brightly colored socks in support of World Down Syndrome Day to advocate for rights and inclusion for people living with Down syndrome. 

 At Columbus Avenue, students were visited by special guest, George Sauer, an individual living with Down syndrome. George read the book “Only One You” by Linda Kranz to the entire school via livestream. Reading the book with his sister, and Columbus Avenue teacher, Katelyn Metz, George was able to show and celebrate his different and unique abilities. Following the schoolwide book reading, all the students and staff participated in a “knock your socks off” dance party. 

 At Bayview Avenue, in addition to wearing their colorful socks, students in Ms. Jenna Tucciarone’s class celebrated World Down Syndrome Day by coloring a “knock your socks off” poster in which art teacher, Laurie Kolodny, taught the importance of color schemes.

 Student Kayden Ramdeo, an individual living with Down syndrome, was treated to hugs and high fives from his classmates. Additionally, all month, Bayview displayed posters throughout the school with Kayden’s photo, celebrating his individuality and raising awareness for Down syndrome. 

 World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness day that takes place annually on March 21. The event aims to advocate for the rights, inclusion, and well-being of people with Down syndrome and is recognized by the United Nations. 

Students during World Down syndrome Day

Students during World Down syndrome Day