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Little Feet Make a Big Impression

In honor of Autism Awareness Month the students at Westbrook Elementary School in Bethesda, Maryland staged their own Westbrook Walks for Autism on Friday morning, April 15th.  Principal Rebecca Jones and counselor Randi Vogel worked with Autism Speaks chapter volunteer Julie Reiley to educate and inspire the elementary school children to understand autism and to think a little bit differently about children with differences.  Building on our Autism Speaks National Capital Area “Celebrating Differences” program, the teachers and students worked together to encourage empathy.  In addition, the students raised $2,000 for Autism Speaks.  “The walk route was lined with blue puzzle pieces cut out by a group of fourth graders,” Julie reported.  “The school turned this into a real teaching moment, with announcements during the week and special lessons in class. They were amazing, and worked so hard on this.”

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  1. Kim
    April 20, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Simply Amazing, bravo to all the students and teachers as well, good job!

  2. carolwhite
    April 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Awesome job Westbrook! Great work by Julie and the staff and students of the school!

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