In the Schools

The saying, "teachers are the heart of the community" could not be more true. It is great to know the facts, but change is made when we learn how to take action. We can't wait to see what you have planned this April in your classrooms!


Bryam Township School District
Stanhope, NJ

The Byram Township School District held several events this April for Autism New Jersey! Events included:

  • Proclamations by our Board of Education and Town Council. Byram Township Mayor, Jim Oscovitch, proclaimed April as Autism Awareness Month, as well as discussed awareness and acceptance at the town meeting. 
  • 10th Annual T-shirt fundraiser and Dress Down Day
  • The second fundraiser for grades K-4 at the Byram Lakes School. Autism bracelets were sold. Kindness was promoted during the month to help teach students about diversity and acceptance of all.
  • Byram resident, parent, and former PTA president, Keri Fleming, conducted an autism puzzle piece hair bow sale. 
  • Our students and staff continued to work to spread autism awareness this year. Students throughout the school district decorated autism ribbons and puzzle piece rams (school mascot). Teachers presented to their class about tolerance and acceptance of all. Factoids about autism were also displayed! Decorations were hung in the hallways so we could really spread awareness for the month! We decorated the town hall, as well, so that autism information was displayed during township meetings during the month of April.
  • Total amount raised $2,002. Go Byram!

Daniel F. Ryan School #19
Passaic, NJ

The Daniel F. Ryan School #19 has collectively worked on growing awareness and acceptance. Every student in grades 2-6 create their own puzzle piece to add to the display. Each puzzle piece was a collection of the diverse population in our school, showing their individuality, as well as their acceptance and awareness of students with autism. The ASD program in the district has been selling Autism Awareness bracelets and are planning the 2nd Annual Autism Awareness Dinner Dance at our school for the students in the Autism Spectrum Disorder and Cognitively Impaired Programs and their families.

Lawrenceville Elementary School
Lawrenceville, NJ

Elizabeth Strauss and the Lawrenceville Elementary School participated in a number of awareness activities and fundraising during the month of April. They celebrated with a wrap up assembly and check presentation which was attended by Autism New Jersey's Communications Coordinator, Anjel Kinney. Amount raised: $1,094.12 Thank you all for your participation!

East Brunswick School District
East Brunswick, NJ

East Brunswick Public Schools are excited and ready to get to "The Heart of Acceptance".

Sparta Schools
Denville, NJ

On Tuesday April 19, the faculty, staff, and community of Sparta came together at Uptown Art in Denville to raise money and awareness for autism. Beautiful work!

Boonton School District
Booton, NJ

The Boonton school district united to raise autism awareness by participating in various fundraisers and activities. One notable fundraiser was the John Hill School's t-shirt sale (the shirts were printed with a custom logo designed by 7th grader, Selvin Campo). In addition to the other fundraisers held, one school also created a huge art display of a heart composed of multiple puzzle pieces that give facts on autism. All funds realized as a result of these efforts will be donated to Autism New Jersey and to N.J. Transit Railmen for Children.

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Edward T. Bowser School
East Orange, NJ

Ambassador Marla Brown sold shirts for a dress down day on March 28th and April 4th. The school raised $410.00.

Thanks, Edward T. Bowser School! Keep up the good work!

Marshall Hill Elementary School
West Milford, NJ

Staff and students of Marshall Hill Elementary School in West Milford celebrated World Autism Awareness Day and held a “Light It Up Blue” event for autism awareness at the school on April 1st. According to Karyn Reinhold, Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) kindergarten teacher at Marshall Hill School and organizer of the event, the students and teachers donated to Autism NJ and wore blue clothing and blue ribbons to raise awareness.
“Students also decorated butterflies to symbolize how unique we all are,” Reinhold said. The students’ beautiful artwork was displayed on a bulletin board at the school’s entrance to spotlight their creative designs and celebrate the beginning of Autism Awareness Month. Read more>>

Seaview Avenue School
Linwood, NJ

Seaview School and Bernadette Getzler celebrated acceptance of everyone with hand print hearts of acceptance. They wrote something the students like on the hand prints and then everyone was encouraged to find someone else's hand print that matched theirs. Nice work!

EHT Miller School

Ambassador Jillian Senn organized classes to create puzzle pieces pledging to be kind to their friends with autism! Students helped deliver the puzzle pieces to all homeroom teachers' mailboxes and helped decorate the windows.

Helen Morgan School
Sparta, NJ

Jennifer Church and the Helen Morgan School in Sparta, NJ held a jeans day to raise autism awareness and raise money for Autism NJ!

New Egypt Primary School
New Egypt, NJ

For Autism Awareness Month, New Egypt Primary School students read "A Friend Like Simon" then signed Autism Acceptance pledges and glued them onto hearts to match this year's theme. Thank you for sharing, Jennifer Miller Patricia! Amount raised:$120.

Camden Street School
Newark, NJ

Principal S. Garrison, CST Dr. Campbell and parents celebrate Autism awareness Month with a breakfast for parents and the students celebrated at the Camden Street School Fun Day! Ambassador Wafiyyah Muhammad provided literature at the events, thank you for raising awareness!

Little Egg Harbor School District

Little Egg Harbor, NJ

Ambassador Michelle Walsh created this inspiring bulletin board with the theme of "Growing Autism Awareness". We love it!

Mercerville Elementary School
Hamilton, NJ

Ambassador Patti Burke Gerber and Mercerville Elementary School students celebrated Autism Awareness month during a special afternoon on April 8th. Students in grades K-2 displayed their artwork while students from grades 3-5 shared their essays on what makes them unique.  Guest speaker, and Autism New Jersey sibling essay contest winner, Nick Wilkie shared his essay with the crowd.  

Jean M. Manfra School
Sparta, NJ

"The 12+ Transitional classroom at Jean M. Manfra School raised money in support of Autism NJ during the last week of April’s Autism Awareness Month. Students helped to make cookies, brownies, cupcakes, bread, keychains and picture frames, which were sold for between $.50 and $2.50. The students chose to donate to Autism NJ after receiving a free Autism NJ resource kit for their school with information, pencils and even tattoos." Amount raised: $245.50 Thank you!
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Camden Street Elementary School

Newark, NJ

Ambassador Wafiyyah Muhammed and the students and staff at Camden Street School in Newark, NJ celebrated with an autism awareness parade! They also created an autism awareness bulletin board and showed the love by rocking their heart sunglasses. Thanks for your support!

Valley Forge Middle School
Wayne, PA

Suzanne Steinberg and the staff at Valley Forge Middle are sharing the love by rocking their "I Love Someone with Autism" tees. Thank you for your support! 

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Benway School

Wayne, NJ

Jani Sblendorio and the staff at Benway School in Wayne, NJ showed their heart of acceptance this year by growing awareness. We love the creativity!

Daniel F. Ryan School
Passaic, NJ

The ASD students at Daniel F. Ryan School 19 in Passaic, New Jersey created this masterpiece with their handprints as the leaves to show growing awareness. More activities for Autism Awareness Month to come!

Memorial Middle School
Cedar Grove, NJ

Autism Ambassador, Character Education teacher, Student Council Advisor and Founder of Miss C’s Kindness group, Lia Caravella carried out various activities to show support for Autism Awareness Month. Shown is the bulletin board display that she created! All of the school wore blue and the staff had a jeans day to show support and fundraise for Autism New Jersey. The school also participated in a "Guess How Many Pieces of Candy" dollar fundraiser. Thank you Lia and the Memorial Middle School! Amount raised: $316.22. Way to go!

Alpine Elementary School
Sparta, NJ

Kristi Diklich and the staff at Alpine Elementary School in Sparta New Jersey had a dress down day to raise money and awareness. Everyone sported their t-shirts for our 10th Annual Walk-a-Thon on April 27, 2016. Thank you Alpine Elementary School!

Sandshore School
Budd Lake, NJ

Cheryl Swackhamer and Sandshore School support autism awareness!

Plainfield School District

Plainfield, NJ

Claudine Lewis and the Plainfield Public School District supported autism awareness by wearing blue and showing a heart of acceptance! One High School, two middle schools, one performing arts school and ten elementary schools participated. Thank you for your support!

Holland Township School
Holland Township, NJ

Heather Sorge, Jennifer Leap and the staff at Holland Township School worked with their 5th grade Helping Hands Club students to create one of a kind pins to raise money for Autism Awareness Month. These pins are sold during lunch time throughout the week.  Along with a pin, each person gets a pledge card that is signed and hung on the main bulletin board that states their support for the autism community. They will also be holding a Bubbles4Autism event. Thanks to Holland Township Schools for raising autism awareness!


East Brunswick School District
East Brunswick, NJ

Mariann Zema, along with 3 other notable patrons of education, will be honored by the East Brunswick Education Foundation at the annual Partners in Excellence Award Dinner to be held on April 12 at the Pines Manor in Edison. The award-winners this year are Dr. Steven Susskind, Dr. Raja Bandaru, Mrs. Mariann Zema, and Dr. Jeffrey Lesser who are being cited for their contributions to the East Brunswick Public Schools and the young people of our community. For the past thirteen years, Mariann has been at the helm of organizing East Brunswick’s district-wide Denim Day for Autism Awareness.In 2002, Mariann was the recipient of the Autism New Jersey/COSAC Teacher of the Year Award for her dedication to individuals with autism and their families both in East Brunswick and in other communities. Congratulations Mariann!
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Central Regional High School
Bayville, NJ

Noelle Laufer and the staff of Central Regional High School are participating in a Dress Down Day on 3/24/16. Thanks for letting us know about your fundraiser!

Mount Prospect School
Basking Ridge, NJ

The staff of Mount Prospect School collected funds and made a donation in honor of Autism Awareness Day. Thank you! Amount raised: $281.00

Ridgefield Public Schools
Ridgefield, NJ

Nicola Schneider and the staff of the Ridgefield Public Schools raised funds for Autism New Jersey. Thanks for your donation! Amount raised: $335.00.

Hardyston School District
Hamburg, NJ

Thank you to David Fencsak for organizing the Hardyston School District DDD! Amount raised: $395. Amazing!

Town Center Elementary School
Robbinsville, NJ

Thank you to Lorell Levy for organizing the Town Center Elementary School's AA Donation! Amount raised: $400. Nice job!

Pequannock School District
Pequannock, NJ

Thank you to the Pequannock School District for organizing the Pequannock Autism Awareness event! Amount raised: $407.80. Awesome!

Ringwood Education Association PRIDE (Peter Cooper School)
Ringwood, NJ

Thank you to Denise Emolo for organizing the Ringwood Education Association PRIDE Donation (Peter Cooper School)! Amount raised: $420. Way to go!

BCC Turning Point Program
Paramus, NJ

Thank you to Karen Kozlowicz for organizing the BCC Turning Point Program's Bake Sale! Amount raised: $540.Thank you for your support!

Dress Down Day
Nutley, NJ

Thank you to Rose Cioffi for organizing the Dress Down Day! Amount raised: $1,000. We appreciate all that you do!

Delran Middle School
Delran, NJ

Thank you to Julia Stipa for organizing the Delran Middle School's Penny Wars! Amount raised: $1,122.27. Nice work!

Gina Wirth
Woodlynne, NC

Thank you to Gina Wirth for organizing the Autism Awareness Donation! Amount raised: $329.13. Thank you for your hard work and dedication!

Edward J. Patten School
Perth Amboy, NJ

Thank you to Jennifer Lenci and Karen Margolin for organizing the Edward J. Patten School's AA Fundraiser! Amount raised: $325. We appreciate the time it takes to organize an event, thank you for your hard work!

Elizabeth Avenue School
Somerset, NJ

Thank you to Patricia Martinelli for organizing the Elizabeth Avenue School's Spaghetti Dinner! Amount raised: $285. Thanks!!

John Adams Elementary School
North Brunswick, NJ

Thank you to Debbie Koster for organizing the John Adams Elementary School's AA Fundraiser! Amount raised: $259. Nice work!

Linwood Middle School
North Brunswick, NJ

Thank you to Stefanie Cieslak for organizing the AA donation from Linwood Middle School in North Brunswick, NJ! Amount raised: $270. We appreciate the time it takes to organize an event, thank you for your hard work!

Wanaque Elementary School
Butler, NJ

Thank you to Heather Oguss for organizing the Wanaque Elementary School Fundraisers- Wanaque, NJ! Amount raised: $285. Thank you for your support!

Consortium of Catholic Schools of the R.C. Diocese-Paterson
Clifton, NJ

Thank you to Palma Wasilenko for organizing the St. Brendan Catholic School's Light it up Blue for Autism Fundraiser in Clifton, NJ! Amount raised: $315. What a great way to spread awareness!

Mountainside Board of Education
Mountainside, NJ

Thank you to Heather Goldstein for organizing the Deerfield & Beechwood Schools' Dress Down Days and Student Donation Activities in Mountainside, NJ! Amount raised: $378.25. Nice job!

Christine Vacca
East Brunswick, NJ

Thank you to Lindsay Grossman for organizing the Frost School's Dance a Thon in Sparta, NJ! Amount raised: $488. #autismnjambassador

Mark LaBouseur
Newtown, NJ

Thank you to Candace Meeler for organizing the Florence M. Burd's Dress Down Day, Newton, NJ! Amount raised: $265. We appreciate all that you do!

Alyssa Procaccino
Cranford, NJ

Thank you to Alyssa Procaccino for organizing the Morio J. Prago School #3, Dress Down Day, Passaic NJ! Amount raised: $300. Way to go!

Paterson Public School #2
Paterson, NJ

Thank you to Lauren Molnar for organizing the Paterson Public School #2's Wristband Fundraiser in Paterson, NJ! Amount raised: $360. Awesome!

Redwood School Fund
West Orange, NJ

Thank you to Stacey Forte for organizing the Redwood Elementary School's Bubbles 4 Autism Fundraiser! Amount raised: $471.11. Amazing!

Renee Roberts
Ridgewood, NJ

Thank you to Alyssa Swan and Karen Reinhold for organizing the Marshall Hill School's Dress Down Day in West Milford, NJ and Applebee Pancake Breakfast in Butler, NJ! Amount raised: $552. Thank you for your hard work and dedication!

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