MILLBURN, NJ - on Tuesday, June 4, the Millburn High School Real World Program and Disability Awareness Club hosted their annual Awareness Cycle.

The money raised goes to help fund the activities of the Real World Program, which connects special needs students with their peers, who volunteer to help out, mainly by being a friend.

In program advisor, Kelly Brandt’s words, the program is “ever-evolving, but the overall goal has been consistent: to offer students with special needs the opportunity to acquire Math and Science skills necessary for life and apply them in real-world settings with peers.”

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One of the biggest events the Real World Program participates in annually is an overnight trip to a destination correlating to that year’s theme of study. During the 2018-2019 school year, the overnight took place in New York City to explore science, technology, and innovation.

The Education Foundation generously donates money to the program, and it was announced at the Awareness Cycle that the club had been granted $5000.00 for the 2019-2020 school year. However, it is still imperative to the program’s survival that its members and teacher advisors continue raising money.

The Awareness Cycle has always served as a fun way for program members and supporters to donate money for the programs continued survival. This year was no exception. Through the sweat and fatigue, everyone continued to smile as they peddle to the beat of the upbeat music.

During the cycle, there was a slideshow playing in the background with overnight trip memories from the past 5 years, when the Real World Program began overnights. Not only did this add a nostalgic tone to the event, but it also showed those participating who have not been directly involved in the program, the impact of their contributions.

It was certainly a workout, but one that left participants feeling good mentally and physically for the way they helped the community.

Program advisor, Roger Askins said, “ultimately, we [Askins and Brandt] were very happy with the event.”

The $1000.00 raised from the event will be able to help MHS special needs students tremendously, as they set off to their next overnight destination in May 2020, Boston.

As Brandt put it, “The generosity of our community members makes the Real World program possible!”