WEST ORANGE, NJ – Autism Awareness Month culminated at Redwood Elementary School with its sixth annual “Bubbles for Autism” event.

“Bubbles for Autism” was started eight years ago by FACES (Families for Autistic Children, Education, and Support).

Redwood spent the month of April raising awareness for autism, beginning with a school-wide assembly held by Autism Awareness Coordinators and teachers Kathie Waldron, Eileen Lambert, and Kristen Dunleavy. The theme for the assembly was “encouragement” and the teachers spoke about encouraging one another to do their best and to embrace the differences in their peers.

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A “Buddy Activity” pairing older students with younger ones formed acceptance circles to show that everyone was the same in the Redwood School community. Student leaders read facts about autism all month long during morning announcements.

The concept behind “Bubbles for Autism” is to ‘burst those bubbles’ and bring acceptance and awareness to the disorder through education. Bubbles are a symbol of joy, hope and laughter that bring people together.

“Thank you to Tanya Atterberry and the Redwood PTA for providing us with bubbles so we may continue to carry on this tradition and support autism awareness,” said Kathie Waldron.

See all the photos from "Bubbles for Autism" here