Since 2016, the American Autism Association has partnered with Saint Rita’s School in Staten Island to raise autism awareness. Students in every class decorate large jars and reach out to peers, neighbors, family members, and friends for donations. With the help of students in St. Rita’s National Junior Honors Society (NJHS) we have raised over $1,000 each year.
In preparation for the campaign, representatives of the AAA visited the school and talked to students of the NJHS. Where topics such as awareness, acceptance, and volunteering were discussed. All the students seemed excited to know that their hard work was going towards bettering the lives of individuals impacted by autism. Through therapeutic recreational programs that encourage independence, confidence, and social interactions.
In addition to collecting change, St. Rita’s also hosts a school dance. During this annual dance, students raise awareness and support for autism. As they each sign a pledge to spread autism acceptance and each shade a puzzle piece. After each puzzle piece is colored in, they are put together to create an awareness tree along the hallways.
The students of St.Rita’s have shown that it’s never too early to be an activist for a good cause. Not only have they raised funds, but they’re also raising awareness and inspiring others to do the same.