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Raising Awareness With Each Stride
Sunday, May 21, 2017
On May 17, the Southern Adirondack Education Center (SAEC) Special Programs organized an Autism Awareness walk. Over 130 staff and students participated. Students from BOCES component classrooms from Fort Ann, Oliver Winch Middle School in South Glens Falls and Dorothy Nolan Elementary School in Saratoga Springs joined in the festivities as well.
Ms.Robinson’s class from the SAEC BEARS program sang the Star Spangled Banner to start off the walk. Student Tim Halter, made a speech about being on the autism spectrum and how he is like many other teenagers, with likes and dislikes. It was a nice opportunity for students to come together. They spent time with friends walking, made new friends, played games, ate lunch outdoors and enjoyed an ice cream social.
SAEC staff and students sold T-shirts and held a bake sale as a fundraiser for the Under the Woods Foundation. Located in Queensbury, the Under the Woods Foundation's mission is to provide experiences that are unique, creative and adventurous for children that are “differently abled” including, but not limited to autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, and their families. The foundation implements outdoor summer camps for children which incorporate creative activities, nature themes, family participation, and other related activities. The camp also has sensory rooms and socializing opportunities. SAEC Special Programs staff are hoping to send five campers to the Under the Woods camp this summer.
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Staff and students from Ft. Ann BEARS program Students from Oliver Winch Middle School
Students from Mrs. Robinson's BEARS class