March 21, 2019, may seem like another ordinary day. But it really isn’t-- this specific day is a day to rock your socks for Down Syndrome Awareness. This is how NHHS students will bring awareness to this day. They will wear their craziest socks to support those with Down Syndrome. In light of this event, the students at NHHS were asked a few questions about Down Syndrome Awareness.
The students were then asked if they know anyone with Down Syndrome.
Senior Lexi Oetterer simply replied, “Yes. I am a volunteer for All Abilities Athletics and there are a few kids that have Down Syndrome at the events.”
Senior Audrey Ford said, “Yes, my little sister.”
Senior Kamryn Poe answered, “I know a few people, but I help with All Abilities Athletics and I see a lot of kids with Down Syndrome.”
They were then asked if they will be “rocking their socks” in support of bringing awareness to the community. Most students replied saying yes.
When asked what socks they are going to wear, senior Lexi Oetterer said, “I plan on wearing a long pair of fun socks, and then a shorter pair of fun socks over top.”
Junior Sam Penning replied, “The wearable kind.”
Senior Kamryn Poe said, “I have a lot of crazy socks and a lot of options to wear. I can't wait to show my support.”
The last question asked was why the students think it’s important to bring awareness to this. What impact will it have?
Senior Kamryn Poe responded, “I think it is very important to bring awareness to this because it is a very real condition. People all over the world have Down Syndrome and I think it is important for people to know that they are real people, working real jobs, and we shouldn't hold prejudices. We should accept others. We need to start inclusion and this is a good place to start.”
Senior Audrey Ford answered, “I believe that it is important because it is educating the public. Down Syndrome is widely known, but details about it are not.”
Sophomore Bailey Leuthauser expressed, “I think it is very important to bring awareness to Down Syndrome because I feel many people don't understand what Down Syndrome is, and it will push others to research and learn more about [it].”
Make sure to “Rock Your Socks”, Shamrocks, on Down Syndrome Awareness Day!