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October Is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

To celebrate awareness and acceptance of all people with Down syndrome, we are asking students to ROCK “MISMATCHED” SOCKS at the JOG-A-THON on Friday, October 25th. The “MISMATCHED” socks represent the 3 copies of chromosome 21.

Many of you may already know Zoe or may have seen her on the playground or in the corridors. She is in 1st grade and has Down syndrome. Down syndrome is a condition in which a person is born with three copies of chromosome 21 instead of the usual two. The extra chromosome causes physical, motor and intellectual differences.

It is believed that she is the first person with Down syndrome to attend Fremont since it opened in 1904. Current data from LBUSD suggests that less than 1% of students with Zoe’s condition are taught in general education with their same age peers. In this way, Zoe is unique as she continues to be a part of the Fremont community.

For more information about promoting diversity, inclusive school cultures and Down syndrome, visit:


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