MEXICO, NY – Mexico Elementary recently celebrated Autism Awareness Month in style by designing puzzle pieces to display on a bulletin board in their school.
With the support of school Principal Nick Pullizi, students were able to have a fun activity awarding them the opportunity to discuss Autism is the school system.
Pullizi noted he was ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œpleased with the buzzÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â that the activity created and stressed the importance of tolerance and acceptance in his building.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â In addition, many teachers within the school have expanded the opportunity to read books on autism to their classes.
The school administration also set time aside during a staff mid-week meeting for the presentation of an autism friendship reading, as well as a short story from fourth grader Emma Andrews about living with a brother that has autism.
Stephanie Andrews, a parent of a child with Autism and one of the founding members of the Oswego County Autism Task Force was instrumental in creating the awareness within Mexico Elementary School.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIt is a goal of our local Task Force to find a parent representative in every school in Oswego County to model these ideas and create new ones in effort to increase the understanding of Autism within the school,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â noted Andrews.
If you would like to learn more about how the Oswego County Autism Task Force, go to www.oswegocountyautism.org
Or if you are interested in being part of a steering committee of parent representatives, call 349-3510.