Did you organize a fundraising event or yard sale like Julie (pictured left) did with her friends?
Did you make a presentation to your class?
Did you talk about autism to your scout troop or sports team?
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Longtime ambassador and High School student, Erin O’Connor planned a fundraiser at Chatham High School on April 12th. Her fundraiser included silent auction, raffles and bake sale. Proceeds benefit Autism New Jersey. Way to go Erin! Thank you for your tremendous effort to support the autism community Erin! Amount raised: $3,005.00.
River Edge, NJ
We received an article about Jack DeSavino and were so inspired by Jack that we needed to immediately put Jack’s story on our Kids Spotlight page. Jack celebrated his 10th birthday on March 5th. Instead of presents like any other 10 year old would want, Jack’s wish was to raise autism awareness. Jack himself has autism spectrum disorder and understands the importance of raising awareness. Well, Jack got his wish. About 100 classmates and their parents all showed up to help Jack celebrate his birthday and spread autism awareness. Read more about Jack here.
Thank you for being so selfless and teaching us all Jack!
Maple Shade, NJ
Julie is had her 6th Annual “Julie’s Awesome Autism Awareness Yard/Bake Sale on April 27th from 9am-3pm at 408 Stiles Avenue in Maple Shade, NJ. Thank you Julie and everyone involved (see photo above)! This is Julie’s record year with an astounding amount raised: $1,215.00!
Flanders, NJAutism Ambassador, Stephen Goodyear spread autism awareness at his school’s Talent Show! He sold puzzle piece cookies and is also working on planning another activity with his school, Tinc Road Elementary. Great job Steven!
Park Ridge, NJ
Junior Ambassador, Marisa Pittarelli showed support for autism by writing to her mayor requesting that April be proclaimed as National Autism Awareness Month in Park Ridge (and he did!). Marisa also is a volunteer mentor of the 2013 PEAK Basketball program which is a 5 week program, primarily in April, to teach basketball skills to disabled children. All of the current participants are on the autism spectrum. Marisa is not only a volunteer mentor but also was the photographer to take individual and team pictures for the participants. She is also working to have this effort included as part of a video on volunteerism. Go Marisa!
Junior Autism Ambassador, Catherine Llaneza spread autism awareness at local church, St. Joseph’s. Thank you Catherine! Amount raised: $525.41.
Ryan Delgato helped organize 4 Dress Down Days in April in the New Beginnings School. Thank you Ryan! Amount raise: $205.61.
Victoria Veloz – Vicioso
Junior Ambassador and 6th grade student Victoria was busy spreading autism awareness during April! Victoria went to EVERY class in her school and read a book about autism and gave the students information to take home. She also asked her principal if she could organize and Dress Down Day and ended up raising: $150.00. Thank you for supporting the autism community Victoria!
Scotch Plains, NJ
Thank you Mallory and friends for spreading autism awareness during April! Mallory planned a bake sale and raffle to show support for the autism community. Check out the article about her event in the Patch. Amount raised: $2,600.00.