Cox High School SCA students worked alongside students with disabilities recently to make tie dye socks to sell this week during lunches to recognize World Down Syndrome Day on Wednesday, March 21.
This date was chosen as it is the third chromosome that makes 21 chromosomes, ultimately causing the disability to occur.
Global awareness regarding Down syndrome and its cause began with the United Nations and included countries such as Indie and Iran; its goal was to educate people about the disability itself.
Now groups from around the world collaborate and organizing events, that range from races to tie dying socks, in effort to bring more awareness to Down syndrome.
Teacher Cheryl Taylor runs the school's coffee shop that teaches students with disabilities real world life skills, as well as, the Beach Buddies Club, in which these same students are paired with general education students to complete activities and community's service.
"Selling the socks showcases their disabilities, so it makes them aware they have a disability and that other people are aware of it and are celebrating it rather than going against it," said Taylor. "Also, other people are coming to them and talking about what it means to have a disability and also they collaborate with the general education students so that gives them the ability to communicate and make friends."
Bryan Walker worked diligently with other students to create tie
dyed socks to sell to raise awareness for National Down Syndrome Day.
Student Robin Jacobs makes tie dye socks in celebration
of World Down Syndrome Day.