Every child should be active, accepted and happy in their schools and communities. Children with autism can sometimes feel left out because of their differences.
Rockin' for Autism Music Festival
On April 16th, hundreds of people packed into LaGrande Park throughout the day to attend Rockin' for Autism. Mallory Banks, 14 year old and Autism Awareness Junior Ambassador, was the event organizer and for a good reason. Her brother, Ethan, is on the autism spectrum. Mallory has been raising awareness in the community since the age of 9, and this year she outdid herself. Saturday's all-day festival featured more than her annual bake sale. With musical acts, food trucks, vendors, autism workshops, raffles, an obstacle course, sports clinics and the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Youth Baseball Opening Day ceremony, the event was a huge success and raised awareness for the entire town of Fanwood. Amount raised: $10,500.00
Lake Como, NJ
Thank you to Junior Ambassador Ava Panza for belting her heart out at Kids Rocking for a Cause at Bar A in Lake Como, NJ. The event had some great New Jersey Bands along with a tricky tray auction and a 50/50 raffle. Amount raised: $7,065.00 Rock on, Ava!
Katelyn Hagel, a 5th Grader at Travell Elementary School in Ridgewood, New Jersey, held events for Autism Awareness Month at her school. Katelyn decorated a Bulletin Board at the school for Autism Awareness month, having all the students and staff sign a puzzle piece to show their support of those living with autism and their families. She read "Autism Facts of the Month" during morning announcements to make her school more aware and accepting of autism. She donated books to her school library and helped put up a display for Autism Awareness month. She also donated blue bracelets for the entire school to show their support, and held a coin collection fundraiser, with donations totaling $651.05 for Autism New Jersey. Katelyn also made clay autism puzzle piece necklaces for her brother's school, The Children's Institute, and donated all the sales totaling $122 to his school. Katelyn is very proud of her brother, Lucas, and wants to spread awareness to others so they can get to know him and others with autism, because Katelyn knows how amazing people with autism are!
Livingston Pack 16
Nine year old, Michael Ileya, has recruited a team of boys from his third grade class and they are all super excited about being junior ambassadors! They are members of Livingston Pack 16. They have a LemonAIDE stand planned with all proceeds going to Autism NJ! The boy who drew the picture is Ritvik Maridi from Livingston. After their mini lesson on autism awareness and ways to be a good friend, he drew that amazing picture! We are proud of this group!
Tess Mulligan is a Junior Autism Ambassador, working on her Girl Scout Silver Award. Tess used the information on Autism New Jersey's website and free materials for the to raise awareness in her town doing the following:
She also handed out fact sheets to members of the Town Council and Girl Scout Leaders.Tess was interviewed by a radio station and there was an article in the local paper that you can read here.Tess did this project because she has a brother with ASD and felt like not enough people in her town understood what autism truly was. Thank you for raising awareness!