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West Seaford Elementary 'Rock Your Socks'

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SEAFORD, Del.- There were brightly colored socks worn at schools throughout the Seaford School District on Thursday.

The neon and mismatched socks were worn to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. Schools like West Seaford Elementary held their 'Rock Your Socks' 'Sock Hop,' where students wore mismatched socks, danced, and sang the day away with friends. 

But it wasn't all fun and games, students were educated before the event began on Down Syndrome and how differences do not define classmates. 

"So we started the morning, all throughout the district with a PowerPoint that explained to others why we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, what Down Syndrome is, and how we should accept everyone," Dana Bowe, a special education teacher at West Seaford said.

Bowe is also the 2019 Delaware State Teacher of The Year. She often works with students who have Down Syndrome and spearheaded today's event.

Bowe received a monetary award back in October for her achievements while working as an educator--she used some of her funds to purchase nearly 4,100 socks for schools throughout the district for Thursday's event. 

"We've been talking about how people with special needs are just like us. They have capabilities, they have a greatness inside of them. So it's really our job to share it with everyone else," she said.

Bowe is also involved with "Light It Up Blue," which raises awareness about autism and other similar programs.

She says she's passionate about inclusion and acceptance, and the 'Sock Hop' held today helped to do just that.

"It's celebrated on 3/21 because our friends with Down Syndrome have three copies of the 21st chromosome," she said.

"But they're just like you and me."

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