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To celebrate April as National Autism Awareness month, 250 classrooms in southeast Michigan participated in AAoM’s Second Annual Change for Autism campaign.  This campaign benefitted Michigan families affected by autism and helped schools raise autism awareness among the student body through fundraising and education.  Students and teachers were encouraged to gather their spare change throughout the month of April and bring it into school to deposit in a large coin collection jug.

The top-earning school will be recognized with a congratulatory plaque, a pizza party for the top three classrooms and an autism awareness resource program of their choice.  All participating schools, regardless of the amount of money each school fundraised, received autism resources throughout the month of April including classroom activities, conversation starters and autism specific information to disperse inclusion, compassion and education amongst the student body.  Autism Alliance of Michigan representatives visited each school at the end of the month to collect the coin wells and present the schools with a framed certificate, thanking them for their support.

Thousands of Michigan families face never-ending physical, psychological, emotional and financial challenges.  Helping with those challenges is why the Autism Alliance of Michigan was created. Since our founding in 2009, AAoM has touched the lives of over 36,000 people through our advocacy, educational events and support programs.

Autism Alliance of Michigan would like to thank all schools for participating in this years Change for Autism campaign including Barnes Early Childcare Center, Berkshire Middle School, Thomas A. Edison School, Ferndale High School, Greenfield Elementary School, Mound Park Elementary School, Seaholm High School, Scripps Middle School, Smith Elementary, and The Roeper School.  All funds raised through the Change for Autism campaign will directly benefit Michigan families affected by autism.

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