Kids and Coins

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support, increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism, and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Autism affects 1 in 59 children and 1 in 37 boys. Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism.

To increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, we have created “Autism Speaks Kids and Coins,” an initiative where students have the opportunity to collect coins to help support the autism community. The funds raised through this campaign will support public awareness, safety from wandering, bully awareness, family crisis assistance, job training, housing and research.

By participating in an Autism Speaks Kids and Coins fundraiser, students learn that they can make a difference in the lives of others. 

It’s easy:

  1. Set a date for your campaign.
  2. Choose the best method to collect coins for your classroom or school.
  3. Collect coins! Get teachers, staff and parents involved too!
  4. Mail your donations to Autism Speaks.
  5. Share your results with Autism Speaks!

Register for your Kids and Coins Tool Kit and get started today! 

Campaign Ideas

Fill the box

This is a great activity for K-5 classrooms. Have students decorate containers such as tissue boxes, jars or plastic storage containers. Use our downloadable templates or create your own. Each student collects coins in his/her container for the allotted time period. On the last day, the student who raised the most wins a prize.

Penny Wars

This is a team competition that is great for middle school or high school students. Create your teams and designate a large donation container foreach team. Then declare war! Pennies earn positive points. Silver coins and paper bills earn negative points. Teams want to collect pennies in their jars and attack the opposing teams with silver coins and paper bills to deduct from their totals. Have each grade in the school compete and award the winning grade a prize, or ask coaches, teachers, student council officers or athletes to be team mascots and have the losing mascot dye his/her hair blue, sit in a dunk tank, perform a routine at the next pep-rally, etc.

68 Pounds of Change

For the 1 in 68 children with autism, collect 68 pounds of change! Put your collection container on a scale and see how fast your school can collect 68lbs. of coins. Have a race between grades or classrooms. Can you raise 68 lbs. in 68 hours?

Estimation Competition

Spend a week collecting coins in one large container. At the end of the week, let students pay $.25 to guess the number of coins that have been collected or the total amount raised. The winner gets a prize and the change gets donated to Autism Speaks.

Trace the Track

Students collect enough quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies to make a line of each around the school track. How many times can you circle the track? Take a photo and share with Autism Speaks for our website!

Coin Days

Designate certain days of the week to a specific coin. For example: Monday is Penny Day, Tuesday is Nickel Day, Wednesday is Dime Day, Thursday is Quarter Day and Friday is Silver Dollar Day. Consider assigning a coin to each grade or classroom to see who can raise the most on their day.

Light It Up Blue Classroom Competition

How blue can you be? Decorate your classroom with blue lights, blue drawings, whatever you can think of to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. Let students visit each classroom and vote for the best decorations with coins. The winning classroom gets a prize and the coins get donated to Autism Speaks.

Submit Your Results

Once you have collected all of your coins, complete the summary report and send your check or money order to Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks
1060 State Road, 2nd floor
Princeton, NJ 08540
Attn: Kids and Coins

Download the Summary Report form here.

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