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Learning Together, Friends Forever

autism_band.jpgThe month of April is Autism Awareness month, and the FMA celebrated during the first week of the month. Each day students read facts about autism over the loudspeaker, and in each library visit, Ms. A. read a book about a child with autism and staff from the ASD program answered questions. Our motto for the week was “Learning Together, Friends Forever”.

Every student and staff member was given a wristband specifically designed for this event and we all wore them proudly.

On a bright and cool spring Wednesday, carrying colorful posters and our school banner, the entire FMA community walked through our neighborhood, chanting the FMA theme song, and handing out information about autism and our school to passersby and store owners.

A colorful bulletin board displaying names and information about famous adults with autism greeted everyone who walked in our front door. Students in each class also wrote a little note about ‘being a friend to a child with autism’ on cutouts of people’s bodies, and we posted them in the hallways for everyone to read.

autism_walk.pngFinally, to cap off an exciting week, everyone in the school (and some parents as well) attended an assembly in our gymnasium. Hosted by Nicole Blodget and Meghan Hayes, students viewed a video, watched the first graders dance in celebration of our friends with autism, while the second graders signed and sang to a lovely Beatles tune. Three poems about autism were read, and the assembly ended with cheers and friendship.

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