SPARTA, NJ – Alpine Elementary School in Sparta has a tradition of supporting Autism Awareness.  This year was no different.  Earlier this spring they held several events to not only raise awareness but also to raise funds.

Organizer Kristi Diklich said this year’s events raised $5,287.30 to be donated to Autism NJ. 

The whole Sparta school district participated in Light it Up Blue day in early April.  The staff had a paid dress down day allowing them to wear more casual clothes to work in exchange for a donation.  It was organized by Helen Morgan special education teacher Jenn Church.

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Next Alpine Elementary School hosted their 11th annual Autism Awareness Walk-a-thon.  Students from pre-kindergarten through second grade participated by walking.  Kerianne Morris, Kristen Lenox, Lisa Gast and Diklich organized this popular event.

The staff of the self-contained classrooms at Alpine Elementary School hosted a staff breakfast to raise funds for the cause.

Finally in May Christing Logsdon of the Painted Barn in Lafayette held a painting event at Alpine after school.  The staff were able to paint their own sign creations.  The Painted Barn donated $205 to Autism NJ.

“In the past 11 years over $50,000 has been raised and donated to Autism, NJ on behalf of the Sparta school district community,” Diklich said.