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Musical Mixup Wrap-Up: Thank You, DoSomething.org!

DoSomething's Musical Mixup campaign, a project to reduce in-school bullying, has ended! Thank you to everyone who participated. Autism Speaks is proud to have partnered with DoSomething.org for this worthy cause.

Musical Mixup encouraged young people nationwide to play musical chairs at lunch and sit with new people in order to increase acceptance and reduce bullying as a result. The goals for the campaign were to reach 15,000 signups and 500 photos and testimonials. Students who sent in photos were entered to win a $10,000 scholarship.

Take a look at some of the awesome images from students who participated!

From a student who participated:  In my school, we have a class course called the Links Program, which I am proudly apart of. In this course, general education students work with ASD students in either the ASD classroom, or the general education classes for assistance to them. To be in the program you fill out an application, turn it in to the counselors, then they and the ASD teacher picks who should be in the program. This musical chair mix-up is important to me because, I didn't just have the link students helping their ASD kids, but I also had students there who were not in the links program. This gave the ASD students, and general education students an opportunity to meet new friends. It made me very proud to see my classmates support me and make the ASD students feel like they belonged even when some students never talked to them before this activity. I am greatly ecstatic that I took on this challenge because overall it was a huge success! My signs I created in the back of the picture, prove that we celebrated diversity, and made new friends. It was difficult to chose the perfect picture, because we had 50 people playing the musical chairs, but we chose this one because of the amazing new friendships.

From a student who participated: This is important to me because I know what it is liked to be bullied and for me to be able to prevent it in just 20 peoples lives is better than me standing by and doing nothing.

From a student who participated: Throughout my high school career, I have shifted, twisted, and floated between a variety of different cliques. I know what it feels like to be on the outskirts and to be in the thick of things, and I wanted to ensure that no one was sitting alone at lunch. Our musical chairs event involved students from over 12 nations from grade 6-12, and a new friendships were formed. A lot of fun was had by all!

DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations for young people and social change. Their 2.9 million members tackle campaigns that impact every cause, from poverty to violence to the environment. Find out more at DoSomething.org.

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