UNION, NJ – Bubbles are symbols of joy, hope and laughter, and Battle Hill School students and staff came out on Monday to show their support of autism at their “Bubbles 4 Autism” event.

“This is such a wonderful and important event,” said Alison Brehm, Battle Hill School teacher and Student Council advisor. “It teaches our school community about the differences among us and how to be respectful of those differences.”

Each of the members of Battle Hill’s Student Council spoke at the event and told the assembly facts about autism.  Student Council President Leyla Akin said, “Why bubbles you’re wondering?  Well, Autism is sometimes compared to living inside of a bubble.  It’s often hard for those affected by the disorder to express themselves and relate to their peers.”

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Angel Salcedo, Student Council Vice President, said, “That’s where you come in.  We want to burst those bubbles and bring acceptance and awareness to the disorder.”

“The funds we collected will be donated to Faces 4 Autism, which is a non-profit organization comprised of parents, siblings, and professionals who know that awareness is the beginning of action,” said Student Council Secretary Alexa Rivera.

The school raised over $850 for Faces 4 Autism.