The National Junior Honor Society of Alfred E. Zampell School in Jersey City, New Jersey, is helping to spread autism awareness and raise funds to support autism! As part of their autism awareness day in April, the honor society’s e-board in treasurer Jassica Kumari, president Thy Li, historian Samantha Nicole Davis, secretary Stephanie Leveron and vice president Jezirah Iris Ortiz helped host an assembly for over 300 6-8th graders to educate their peers on the prevalence of autism in our community.
The e-board shared with their peers that based on their fundraising efforts, in just 2 weeks the school was able to raise $2,832.03 for Autism Speaks! A big component of the fundraiser was a coin drive where teachers gave students puzzle pieces to decorate every time they made a donation of 50 cents or more that were then posted in the halls of the school for the month of April.
“There were many stories of kids donating their birthday money, emptying their piggy banks and teachers matching their class totals,” said Karen McGinn, National Junior Honor Society Advisor.
The check was presented to Autism Speaks staffer Kerry Magro at the assembly. Magro, who today is a national speaker and best-selling author, grew up in Jersey City and was asked to speak at the assembly about his experiences living with autism. Magro shared the struggles of growing up with limited speech and how his Jersey City community helped him overcome many of his challenges.
McGinn said of the assembly, “Both the students and teachers were inspired by Kerry’s message and his personal journey to spread awareness, acceptance and most of all, hope.”