During Autism Awareness Month in April the Avon Local School promoted a variety of activities and shared information about autism, while having some fun and raising, not only awareness, but funds to support Milestones Autism Resources (Cleveland).
Milestones Autism Resources improves the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum by educating, coaching, and connecting the autism community with evidence-based information through training and hands-on workshops, Milestones provides family members and professionals with the tools and everyday techniques they need to assist them in their homes, schools, workplaces and communities. More than 8,000 people have been served by Milestones since 2003.
For one week in April, Avon students (grades Pre-K to 12) in all five school buildings throughout the district collected money during themed-day events.
- Monday was Pennies for Pajamas- Bring in pennies and wear pajamas
- Tuesday was Neon Nickels – Bring in nickels, wear Neon clothing
- Wednesday was Dazzling Dimes – Bring in dimes, wear fancy, dazzling clothes
- Thursday was Quirky Quarters – Bring in quarters, wear crazy, quirky, mixed-up clothing including socks, hats, etc.
- Friday was LIGHT IT UP BLUE! – Bring in $1 and wear blue
The money was counted and in the end, the students collected $10,451.19. During last week’s meeting of the Avon Board of Education, Milestones Autism Resources Board Member Joe Kraft accepted a check on behalf of Milestones.
Avon Middle School student Leo Wible presented the check and thanked his fellow Avon students for helping a good cause. Avon East Elementary School student Allie Falkinburg was also in attendance.
“This gift from the Avon school community can change the lives of more than 100 families,” said Kraft during the board meeting. “Thank you Avon for changing the world for so many families.”