World Down Syndrome Day

By: Jillian Risberg Email
By: Jillian Risberg Email

UPDATE: 3/21/14 7:50 PM

A Parkersburg High School student leads the way in getting her classmates to pledge respect and wear 'Lots of Socks' to raise awareness for World Down Syndrome Day, celebrated March 21st every year.

Sophomore Madelone Kerns started the campaign at her school and wants everyone to "Take the pledge together.”

No one should be bullied or called names for being unique.

"I think it's important to recognize people's differences and realize that we're all actually the same,” says sophomore Alysia Lemon.

It's about getting the students involved and teaching tolerance.

"To take the negative 'R' word out of their vocabulary and replace it with a positive 'R' word, which is respect,” says Juli Kerns, Madelone's mom.

Taking the pledge means understanding and compassion.

"Because it is a fun, great thing to do,” Madelone says.

We can show our support if we all wear socks... and not just any socks... colorful, mismatched socks.

"You're showing that even though they're different, you still can be accepting,” Juli says. “We would like to get it into all the schools for the awareness -- in high schools, middle schools and elementary."

Think before you speak because words can hurt and cause lasting scars.

Today people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them took part in events that create a single global voice to advocate for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome.
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A Parkersburg High School student leads the way in getting her classmates to pledge respect.

And wear lots of socks to raise awareness for World Down Syndrome Day.

It's the ninth anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day.

That takes place on March 21st every year to signify the uniqueness of the 21st chromosome which causes down syndrome.

Madelon Kerns wants to encourage tolerance at her school because everyone deserves to be treated the same.

Friday people with down syndrome and those who live and work with them take part in events that create a single global voice to advocate for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with down syndrome.


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