PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield Public Schools held its 3rd Annual Special Needs Color Walk/Run to help build awareness for special needs, developmental disabilities, autism, and mental health.  The event was held at Hub Stein Sports Complex and was open to the public. TAPinto Plainfield was on hand to capture the moments.

Wilson Aponte, Principal at Barlow Elementary School served as the emcee for the event, greeting the administration, officials and participants. Acting Superintendent and Director of Special Services, Mrs. Elizabeth Filippatos commented, “This is one of my happiest nights, my heart is full because I see the love, acceptance and inclusion.”

Brief welcoming remarks were also given by BOE President Richard Wyatt, Union County Freeholder, Sergio Granados and Council President Joylette Mills-Ransome.

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The kids then gathered on the track at the starting point, eager to begin the walk, but not before being doused with colored powder.

Event sponsors included Plainfield BOE, Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Children’s Specialized Hospital, Plainfield Education Association, Scholastic, Green Acres, Target and MRA International.

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