March 21st is recognized as World Down Syndrome Awareness Day (3.21), a day we celebrate everyone with a third copy of the 21st chromosome, or as we like to say, that "something extra." DSAMT celebrates in many ways, and we hope you will join us and participate in lots of the fun! Here are all the ways we Celebrated 3.21.2021:
DSAMT's Annual 3.21 Celebration
Random Acts of Kindness
DSAMT will have available a little something extra for those with Down syndrome to give to others in celebration of 3-21.
Meredith Brunner Scholarship
At our 3-21 Celebration we will award The Meredith Brunner Achievement Scholarship, which is awarded annually to an individual with Down syndrome who lives in Middle Tennessee and is continuing their education at a post-secondary program. This fund was established in the fall of 2015 to honor DSAMT Board of Directors’ President Bob Brunner, whose exemplary dedication and effort serves as an example of everything that DSAMT strives to be.
3-21 Shirts and Masks
Celebrate 3-21 in style with this year's 3-21 apparel. T-shirt style available in youth sizes. Must order by March 1st, so it arrives in plenty of time for 3-21.
Each year we take your photos and create a customized image (shown above) to celebrate 3.21 that you can share on social media and with friends & family. Simply send in a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll make you a photo and post on our DSAMT Facebook page and email to you for you to share. It is a great way to spread awareness all month long!
Down Syndrome Awareness Licence Plate
In celebration of 3-21 and all our extraordinary friends, show your support by purchasing a Down syndrome awareness license plate - now available at your local DMV!
Penn Station Gives Back
We are excited to announce that we partnering with Penn Station East Coast Subs for a “Round Up for Down Syndrome” campaign. Anyone who eats at a Penn Station in the Middle TN area will have the opportunity to “round up their bill to support us! (Note that all Penn Station location across the country are participating and supporting their local Down syndrome organization.) This campaign will run from March 1-21. We hope to see you eating some yummy subs and supporting our local Down syndrome community.
Spread the Word - Inclusion
Help raise awareness about the hurtfulness about the r-word.
Email your OB-GYN
A core part of our mission at DSAMT is to improve the way physicans delivery the diagnosis of Down syndrome to parents. You can help by writing a letter to your OB-GYN. Many parents do this every year in celebration of 3.21, and we've created a template for you to customize. We encourage you to include a photo of your loved one, too. Please let us know if you send a letter.
KVMP Bridge Lighting
Once again the Gateway Bridge, which you can walk across, will be lit up yellow and blue in recognition of World Down Syndrome Awareness Day on March 21, 2021. Stop by and snap a photo! (The above photo is compliments of Paperdolls Photography taken in 2017). Other locations will also be lit blue and yellow to include the Mount Juliet Police Department, Smyrna Train Depot and Historic Rutherford County Courthouse.
Team 3-21, affiliated with Cumberland Real Estate, partners with DSAMT and redefining Real Estate with a purpose by giving back 10% of their gross commission to the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee. They don't just do this for 3.21 but EVERY MONTH, EVERY DAY! They'll be sponsoring several of our DSAMT app giveaways, but if you're looking for a realtor, give Callie or Whit Gammon a call. They'll give you the EXTRAordinary treatment.
Search for "DSAMT" Google Play (Android) or the App Store (iPhone), download the app, register and turn on notifications under settings. On March 21st, you might get the most extraordinary notification ever!