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Millburn High School Autism Awareness Club Gears Up for Autism Awareness Month

Julia Truitt

Monday, March 31, 2014 • 6:42pm

MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn High School Autism Awareness Club is gearing up for Autism Awareness Month, which takes place each April around the world. On Tuesday, the club will decorate the main hallway of the high school in blue (the official color of Autism Awareness) to kick off Autism Awareness Month. On Wednesday, (worldwide Autism Awareness Day), the club will participate in the second annual Millburn High School BLUE OUT and all students will be encouraged to wear blue in support of autism awareness. 

Also on April 2, the club will be hosting a DINE OUT FOR AUTISM at Charlie Brown’s in Millburn. The restaurant will donate 20 percent of patrons' food bill to the club. Club members will be handing out blue light bulbs from 4 to 8 p.m. at Charlie Brown's Restaurant for diners to participate in the international LIGHT IT UP BLUE initiative, in which iconic landmarks, along with residential homes worldwide "turn blue" on April 2 to recognize World Autism Awareness Day.  Recipients of the blue light bulbs will be asked to put them in outdoor fixtures at home that night to "Shine the Light" on Autism. 

On Monday, April 14, author and award winning and breakthrough advocate Kerry Magro, a public speaker with Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) a form of autism, will be speaking at the Millburn High School Library at 7 p.m. about his experience with autism.  This event will be open to the public. 

Each day throughout April, the Millburn High School senior class President will read off a fact about autism during the morning announcements to promote autism awareness.  The school's principal, Dr. William Miron will also be posting facts about autism on the sign in front of the school.

The MHS Autism Awareness Club, was formed in 2012 and is devoted to spreading awareness of autism to our school and community by providing information and by raising funds for Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism advocacy and research organization.  For more information, please contact the MHS Autism Awareness Club founder and President, Julia Truitt, at jrt12@comcast.net.

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