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Havel Elementary shines light on Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Havel Elementary shines light on Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Posted on 10/21/2021
Students wear blue and yellow colors at Havel Elementary

Havel Elementary students joined together to honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month this week.

Initiated by Havel’s Student Council, students were invited to wear blue and yellow clothing, the colors synonymous with raising Down Syndrome awareness, and complete the “I accept you pledge.”

By participating in the pledge, the students commit to being accepting, generous and kind every day and in every way, explained Michelle Rossi, Havel Elementary first grade teacher.

“Havel found it important to not only bring awareness, but to show acceptance and embrace those with Down Syndrome in our school and our community,” said Rossi.

The “I accept you pledge” is part of the #GenerationG movement, initiated by GiGi’s Playhouse, a Down Syndrome Achievement Center with locations across the country, including one in Detroit.

According to Gigi’s Playhouse, over 450,000 individuals live with Down Syndrome. This diagnosis occurs when an individual has a full or partial exact copy of chromosome 21 which alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down Syndrome, as outlined by the National Down Syndrome Society.

Rossi said, “by participating in the #GenerationG movement and completing the “I accept you” pledge, students commit to being accepting, generous and kind to all.”