Fifth-graders inspire 'Lots of Socks' at school

By Haley Burton
By Casey Killian

March 21, 2013 Updated Mar 22, 2013 at 12:51 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Fifth-graders Caitlyn Slater and Amelia Lyons asked their whole school to wear bright socks and colored clothing for World Down Syndrome Day.

And most of Theodore Roosevelt Elementary complied on Thursday.

"My brother inspired me to do it because he has it and it started in my classroom and then it got to the entire school by just us two kids," said Slater.

Slater's brother, Derek, 2, has down syndrome.

"My brother means everything to me and it's great to see other students helping out," she said.

Slater and Lyons expanded their fundraising efforts beyond their classroom and asked the entire school to bring in spare change to raise money for down syndrome awareness.

"We've been announcing it on the announcements at school and today was the big day. We collected a lot of money," Lyons said.

There were socks in the office where students, faculty and staff could drop off money.

"I'm so proud of them. It speaks a lot to their character and their willingness and motivated to start something and help raise awareness," said Allison Smilnak, guidance counselor at the school. "It's been very positively received here in our building and everyone has had a really good time participating."

March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day. Lots of Socks events are being held all over the world.

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