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Munford brings Autism Awareness

Star Staff Reports

IMG_3447 IMG_3451 IMG_3455 IMG_3466Munford High School FCCLA decided to focus their community service project on Autism Awareness this year. Members designed a t-shirt, held a bake sale, and created Autism ribbons in order to raise money for the organization, “Autism Speaks.”
This organization develops research, organizes events, and helps the community get involved with raising awareness about Autism. At the beginning of the project, members researched information and discovered that 1 in 68 U.S. citizens have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Also, 1 out of 42 boys and 1 out of 189 girls are diagnosed with Autism in the United States.
This sparked the urge for members to set a goal of $2,000 to donate for research and other programs that will help raise awareness about A.S.D. After setting that goal, FCCLA members began selling the t-shirts and ribbons to their student body as well as other schools and businesses in the community. Students set up meetings, emailed, and even called administration from other schools to get them involved with this project. The members organized a “Blue Out” basketball game during Munford’s game against Haywood County on December 9th. Students and teachers from Munford Elementary, Munford Middle, Munford High, Drummonds Elementary and Atoka Elementary all attended the game and wore their shirts to support Autism Awareness. Homer Skelton Ford of Millington also donated a check of $200 to help us support this cause.
During the game members held a “Change Race,” which gave the audience 60 seconds to put as much change as they could into buckets carried around by FCCLA members.  To date, MHS FCCLA raised a total of $1,529.20 for the organization “Autism Speaks.”

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