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Like any elementary school, you can imagine the halls of Woolwine Elementary plastered with art projects, collages and murals that celebrate learning and fun. At this time of year though, you’ll find the walls are decorated with puzzle pieces linked together to create a colorful border along the hallways.
The puzzle pieces represent an individual affected by autism or someone a student cares about. The Woolwine Warriors Team is selling the puzzle pieces to reach their fundraising goal for the 3rd Annual Dan River Autism Awareness 5k.
Amber Scott, Team Captain of Woolwine Warriors, has been teaching at Woolwine Elementary for two years. Amber recently discovered the Autism Awareness 5k online and wanted to get her school involved. As a small school with only 200 students, Amber was able to rally support from her fellow teachers and co-workers to register to run and walk for the cause.
Teachers, faculty and staff wanted to come up with an idea to raise awareness for autism, not just among Woolwine staff and students, but also within the Woolwine, Virginia community. They decided on selling puzzle piece cut outs. The puzzle piece has come to symbolize autism. According to the Autism Society, “The puzzle pattern reflects the mystery and complexity of the autism spectrum. The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with the condition. The brightness of the ribbon signals hope — hope that through increased awareness of autism, and through early intervention and appropriate treatments, people with autism will lead fuller, more complete lives.”
Students were sent home with a letter announcing the school would be selling puzzle pieces of all different colors to raise money for autism awareness. Amber exclaimed, “Many students jumped right on this!” Students can purchase a puzzle piece for $1.00. The students can then write on it with their own name, in memory of someone, or in honor of someone.
“We believed this would be a great opportunity to show our support for not only the two students with autism we have in our school, but for autism awareness, and other children with autism,” said Amber.
Woolwine has raised $275 through the sell of its puzzle pieces and they will continue to sell them up to race day on April 26, 2014.
We particularly love this fundraiser because of our own “puzzle board” which will be at the race again this year. On race day, we will invite participants to write a message on a puzzle piece to explain why they are participating.
Here’s a picture of our puzzle board from the 2013 race:
Team Center for Pediatric Therapies and Building Blocks (Team CPT/BB) began their Shine Blue for Autism fundraising and awareness campaign on Saturday, March 15, 2014, by selling blue light bulbs at Old Navy and Walmart stores in Danville, as well as Kroger in Martinsville.
As one of the many bright colors incorporated into the puzzle piece symbol of autism, blue serves as the official color of Autism Speaks, a national autism science and advocacy organization, and is recognized as the color representing autism spectrum disorder.
In an effort to bring the community together to show their support for autism, Team CPT/BB is selling blue light bulbs for $5, with all proceeds going towards the Team’s fundraising goal to support the Autism Education Fund.
You can purchase a bulb at the following locations:
Danville: Building Blocks Center for Children with Autism, 175 Deer Run Road
Martinsville: Center for Pediatric Therapies, 812 East Church Street
South Boston: Center for Pediatric Therapies, 1438 Seymour Drive
Bulbs will also be sold on Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 9am until 1pm at Sam’s Club in Danville.
View the WDBJ news story here: http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/danville-groups-asks-homes-businesses-to-turn-blue-for-autism/24997598
About Shine Blue for Autism
Shine Blue for Autism is a regional campaign inspired by Light It Up Blue, which was a campaign launched in 2010 by Autism Speaks, an autism science and advocacy organization. The initiative is held annually on April 2, during World Autism Day, and is intended to raise international awareness of autism as a growing public health crisis. Landmarks, buildings, businesses and homes around the region will be illuminated with blue light on the eve of World Autism Day and continue to shine a light on autism throughout April to recognize National Autism Awareness Month.
Special thanks to Womack Electric Supply and Lowe’s Home Improvement Store of Danville for generously donating the bulbs, and to Walmart, Old Navy and Sam’s Club for their support.
Again this year, we will have a silent auction fundraiser at the Dan River Autism Awareness 5k on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Proceeds from sold items will go towards the fundraising efforts of the Dan River Autism Awareness 5k, which in turn benefits the Autism Education Fund. If an item was contributed on behalf of a certain team, then the proceeds will go toward that team’s fundraising goal.
Be sure to bring cash or check if you plan to bid on an item in the silent auction. The silent auction will be set up between the small shelter and shelter 21. View a course map here.
Here’s a sample of the items to be included in the silent auction:
2011 Topps Factory Baseball Set
This sports card set was contributed by B& D Sport Cards & Comics in honor of Team Jacob. The estimated value of this set is $68.50.
Black Tote Bag with Embroidered Autism Ribbon
Zinc Total Salon Gift Certificates
- Tanya Zeidler, Gift Certificate $50.00
- Kirstie Kanode, Gift Certificate $30.00
- Kara Rising, Gift Certificate $40.00
- Maria Agosto,Gift Certificate for $25.00 and Gift Certificate for $30.00
- Laurie Satterfield, Gift Certificate for $40.00
Contribute an Item to the Silent Auction
Do you want to contribute an item to the Silent Auction? Thank you so much! We just need you to fill out a contribution form, and bring us your item no later than Wednesday, April 24th. To get started, complete this form.