Pathfinder Village, a planned residential community for people with Down syndrome, will join global organizations in observing World Down Syndrome Day March 21. The village is inviting others to celebrate by wearing ‘crazy socks.’

“As advocates for people with Down syndrome, we invite our friends and families to wear brightly colored socks, patterned socks, ‘bedazzled’ socks, or socks of different lengths that day,” said Paul C. Landers, Pathfinder Village president and chief executive officer. “We think the socks will be a fun way to engage others in conversations through social media, to celebrate with the global community, and to help educate and advocate for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome everywhere.”

Pathfinder staff is reaching out to area students, employees, and colleagues at businesses, educational and cultural organizations to share pictures of their crazy socks at the village’s Facebook page; posts may include encouraging messages of how people with Down syndrome enrich lives and communities.

World Down Syndrome Day has been observed since 2006; it first received recognition by the United Nations in 2012. March 21 – “3-21” – was selected as the celebration date as it represents the triplication of the 21st chromosome, the genetic cause of 95 percent of occurrences of Down syndrome.

As a prelude to World Down Syndrome Day, students from Colgate University and Otsego Academy at Pathfinder Village will participate in team building experiences during their eighth annual Leadership Week, March 12-16. In addition to the March 21 Crazy Sock Day, Pathfinder Bakery & Café will offer specialty baked goods; village homes will be decorated in the blue-and-gold, colors traditionally associated with Down syndrome; and Pathfinder School will include Crazy Socks Day as part of its School Spirit Week, March 19 to 23. Other themes that week will include pajama day, school colors day, mismatched day and Dr. Seuss Day.

Visit pathfindervillage.org or call 607-965-8377 to learn more about Pathfinder Village, located at 3 Chenango Rd. in Edmeston.