RANDOLPH, NJ- Mayor Loveys has officially approved April 2014 as “Randolph Autism Awareness Month.”  This occurred on April 3 at the town council meeting.

The Randolph High School Autism Awareness Club inspired this proclamation.

Co-Advisor Leah Steen stated, “The Randolph High School Autism Awareness Club's mission is to is to raise awareness, knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

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The Autism Awareness Club wants to transform the future of those that struggle with autism spectrum disorders. 

“I have a sibling with Autism and I feel that awareness is a very important part of understanding the Special Needs community,” says senior, Sneha Bolisetty, president of the club.

For the month of April, Autism Speaks is prompting many events at RHS.   These include a Special Needs Bowl-a-Thon, various bake sales, and light it up blue bulb distribution which was very successful.  In addition, the club participated in the community walk-a-thon, sold blue bracelets and puzzle pieces, and is considering selling blue hair extensions and hosting a sporting event.

On April 2, club members all wore blue to unite and show their support for Autism.

 “Through education, awareness, friendship, and fundraising, we hope to positively affect the lives of people with autism. We are dedicated to raising public awareness about autism and its effect on individuals, families, and society as a whole,” says freshman Heather Wetreich, secretary of the club.

The Autism Speaks Club hit a milestone on April 3, 2014.  Mayor Loveys proclaimed April “Randolph Autism Awareness Month.”   He delivered a speech to the town council and community members.

“Our club was ecstatic to receive such an amazing recognition,” said sophomore, Caitlyn Cairme, who serves as the Public Representative of the Autism Awareness Club.

So far, even in their short time of existence, the Autism Awareness club has made tremendous progress.

Wetreich added ,“As a freshman, I hope to encourage many of my classmates to continue to join and participate in the club and keep it going at RHS for many years to come.”