World Down Syndrome Day Celebration & School Fundraiser
We invite you to join us and schools across the country as they take part in this nationwide school program that encourages acceptance, inclusion, and education on the beauty of differences. There are several enticing fundraising options, each earning the school 50% of all funds. Both students and faculty love the entertaining options we offer that raises money for both their school and for Down syndrome awareness. Every participating school receives educational and fun activity packets to work through in class. Packets include activities for early elementary students all the way up to high school. These packets are designed to educate students on diversity, and to encourage them to embrace individuals of all abilities. The big celebration happens on World Down syndrome Day, 3/21, which is representative of the 3rd copy of the 21st chromosome, present in individuals with Down syndrome. We encourage all students and staff to rock their crazy socks on this day, along with wearing yellow and blue to celebrate their classmates with Down syndrome. With 3/21 falling on a Saturday this year, we are asking that schools participate in their activities any time during the week leading up to March 21st.
Most schools who celebrate look forward to taking part in our nationally viral Nothing Down Pie Challenge. Students buy tickets and use them to vote for the teacher that they would like to see get “pied” in the face.
The festivities often take place during lunch time in the cafeteria, or some schools turn the event into an assembly. Students also raise money through our Penny Wars Fundraiser, collecting coins to create change! Teachers and staff have a chance to get involved by participating in our “Dress Down Day” fundraiser. Directions for the fundraisers, information sheets, and flyers for each event will be emailed to the school’s designated contact person once the school has signed up and returned the fundraising agreement.