WARREN, NJ - World Down Syndrome Awareness Day is usually celebrated on March 21 but this year, a Nor’easter named Toby hit our area and closed schools.  

Warren residents Mark and Sarah Claxton’s youngest son, also named Toby, was born with Down Syndrome and they sent a reminder to friends and family on World Down Syndrome Awareness Day reminding them that like Toby, there are over 400,000 people in the U.S. living with Down Syndrome.  One in every 700 babies in the United States is born with Down Syndrome which equates to about 6,000 each year.  If you'd like to learn more about Down Syndrome go directly to:  https://www.ndss.org/

In recognition of World Down Syndrome Awareness Day, three of the Warren Township elementary schools had planned to celebrate the differences of people with Down Syndrome and join kids and adults, here in our community and around the globe, in wearing crazy and/or mismatched socks.  

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Woodland School sent a notice that since March 21 was a snow day, students are encouraged to wear mismatched socks tomorrow, March 22 as they celebrate World Down Syndrome Day and the importance of accepting each other's differences.

The Claxton’s have asked the Warren community to join in and have some fun and if someone asks about your sock choice, let them know that you are supporting World Down Syndrome Awareness and charities like the National Down Syndrome Society to help fund programs like; National Buddy Walk Program, The Athlete Ambassador Team, Charity Racing, and The National Inclusive Health and Sports Program. 

The Claxton’s said, “Kids with Down Syndrome are truly gifts from God.  They offer nothing but pure love 24 hours a day seven days a week (well...maybe six days a week...LOL) and can teach us so much about life in general.  Our son Toby, and kids with DS, might have an extra chromosome, but they're not that different from you and I.   So tomorrow, have some fun and put on a pair of crazy and/or mismatched socks and help us celebrate "3:21" World Down Syndrome Awareness Day!”

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