UNION, NJ – For the 4th year in a row, Battle Hill Elementary School recognized National Autism Awareness Month with an event on April 28, known as ‘Bubble Day’.
On ‘Bubble Day’, all Battle Hill students and staff gathered in the playground to blow bubbles at 10:00 a.m. The purpose of ‘Bubble Day’ is to help children with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) burst out of their bubble of isolation and to raise awareness and understanding of autism in the community.
April is designated as National Autism Awareness Month. It is a time to educate the community about autism and to promote inclusion and acceptance about the disorder in the classroom and beyond.
Prior to and during the event, staff and Student Council assisted in collecting donations. This year Battle Hill is also participating in the “ribbon challenge” in which the participants formed a human ribbon. Donations to Faces 4 Autism totaled $775.00. The event was coordinated by Alison Brehm, 4th grade teacher and Student Council Advisor.
In addition to school principal, Mark Hoyt, and the Battle Hill PTA president, teachers and students, the event was attended by Union Police Officer Michael Boll, Assistant Superintendent Annie Moses, Board of Education member Jeff Monge, President of the Union Historical Society Barbara LaMort, Director of Special Service Kim Conti, and Elementary Supervisors, Maureen Corbett, Theresa Matthews and Robert Ghiretti. The event occurred on “Take your child to work day” so many staff members’ children also had the opportunity to participate.