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Autism Speaks Co-founder 'Principal for a Day'

April 23, 2007

Suzanne Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks, was "principal for a day" at a school in Flushing, N.Y., that provides services to children with autism.

Wright (shown at right, with a student) met on Oct. 19, 2006, with school administrators and parents at P.S. 255 Q, which educates

students with autism at eight different sites throughout the borough of Queens, before taking a tour of two of the sites and meeting students.

Organized by PENCIL, or Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning, the "principal for a day" program pairs thousands of New Yorkers from the private sector with the city's schools to foster partnerships, generate donations of cash, goods, and services for schools and school districts, and act as a vehicle through which the city's private sector advocates for educational reform. For more information about PENCIL visit For more information about P.S. 255, click here.