The Herald first heard of Robyn’s story through a letter to the editor she sent in late March. That letter, in which Robyn informed us about World Down Syndrome Day, is printed below:
March 24, 2017
Re: World Down Syndrome Day 2017
Hi. I am Robyn. I want to tell you about World Down Syndrome Day. I go to high school. When I go to school I do presentations. I work at school with all my friends and teachers. I like going to school because I learn lots of things. I hang out with my friends and work with my friends in class. The teachers help all the students.
I learned that we are all different because our genes are all unique. Everyone has a different kind of special code. The code is in our chromosomes. People with Down Syndrome have three chromosomes of No. 21. I am lucky because I have three chromosomes of No. 21.
On Tues., March 21, we had a celebration at school for World Down Syndrome Day. The whole school — students, teachers and parents — joined in. All different countries were celebrating too. Did you?
This is what my school did.
First, I wrote in the school newsletter to tell my friends and their families that WDSD was coming. On Monday I stood up in front of the stage to give a presentation. The high school listened to me. I told them about WDSD. My teacher and I made a slideshow. I asked everyone to read the Bible text about how God created our bodies. We all watched a video about Down Syndrome. On Tuesday (World Down Syndrome Day) our school wore lots of socks or socks that didn’t match. All different kinds of socks. We wore jeans too because genes are inside of our DNA. The student council set up a photo contest. High School students and teachers were taking pictures of lots of socks. They put them on Facebook or Instagram with hashtags like #lotsofsocks #WDSD17 #MyVoiceMyCommunity. I took lots of pictures of people’s socks too. Teachers showed the students videos about Down Syndrome. I made a poster about WDSD and put it in the foyer of my school. Everyone looked at the poster.
I was thinking, maybe other people wonder about what WDSD means.
I was thinking it’s very important to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day.
Robyn de Witt