Fairfield Girl Scouts celebrate World Down Syndrome Day

The fifth graders hung up posters, made announcements and spoke to their fellow students about the disorder throughout the week. The celebration ended Thursday with "Rock Your Socks."

Rose Shannon

Mar 21, 2024, 9:30 PM

Updated 24 days ago

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A group of Girl Scouts from Fairfield spent the week raising awareness about World Down Syndrome Day.
Members of Troop 30177 decided to celebrate Down Syndrome as part of their bronze award project.
Nine members attend Stratfield Elementary School and partnered with the school to hold its first World Down Syndrome Day celebration.
The fifth graders hung up posters, made announcements and spoke to their fellow students about the disorder throughout the week.
They also discussed why stereotyping in general is bad.
The celebration ended Thursday with "Rock Your Socks."
Wearing colored or mismatched socks is a common way to celebrate the day.
Troop leaders say they could not be more proud of the girls, many of whom have been Girl Scouts since kindergarten.
"I was so proud of the girls for picking a project that I think is important and I think is something that hasn't really been celebrated often throughout Fairfield Public Schools. And here at Stratfield now, we're going to this. We did it this year, hopefully they will do it next year and all the years to come. So for girls it was not just about doing a project, but leaving a legacy," says Gina Figliuzzi, co-troop leader.
World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated annually on March 21 because people who have the disorder have three copies of chromosome 21 instead of two. It's also shaped like a sock.


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