WOODLAND PARK, NJ - April is Autism Awareness Month. All month, district schools are working to spread awareness and teach students about Autism. There are fundraisers, poster contests, and - most importantly - raising awareness and acceptance for the cause. All proceeds will be given to the Woodland Park Special Needs Advisory Committee (SNAC) and the funds directly impact our students.

At Charles Olbon Elementary School, there is a door decorating contest throughout the grades. Students at both CO and Beatrice Gilmore Elementary School did projects in art to promote Autism awareness. They were hung up in the main hallways of the schools. There is a tree of puzzle pieces at CO and a puzzle piece full of butterflies at BG. 

At BG, Autism Awareness merchandise (pencils, bracelets, etc.) is being sold throughout the month on Wednesdays and Fridays during lunch periods. Students were also able to participate in a poster design contest. Winners will be announced on April 13. BG will host its annual Autism Awareness Walk on April 27.

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Memorial Middle School also ran a poster contest, door decorating contest and merchandise sale of awareness items. The Memorial School staff and student body will come together for the annual Autism Awareness Walk on April 27.

District-wide, Fridays are designated as Wear Blue/Autism Awareness T-Shirt day. SNAC held a fundraising t-shirt sale for custom shirts that read “WP Schools see the ABLE not the LABEL.”

Don’t forget to “Light it Up Blue” the month of April. You can place a blue light bulb outside your house to show your support for Autism at home. Blue bulbs are available at local hardware or home improvement stores.