WHS conducting fund raiser in support of Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month. Weston High School has joined in the nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and assure that all affected by autism are able to achieve the highest quality of life possible. The school is doing their part by selling bracelets to raise money throughout the month of April or until all bracelets have been purchased. Cost of a bracelet is $3.00 each. 

Recently the WHS Special Education Department received a donation from Holly Durbin, who is a Pre-K teacher at the school and who has helped spearhead the fund-raising effort. Surprisingly, a local business who wished to remain anonymous matched the donation. In response to the tremendous act of generosity, Ms. Durbin made the stirring post on the WHS Facebook page. 

A quote I recently saw read: A child with disabilities often spends hours being taught how to interact with others… But why don’t we spend time teaching those without disabilities how to interact with them?

As the mother of a child with severe autism, I can’t begin to tell you how much truth there is to this statement. What a difference it would make it our world if people without disabilities felt comfortable interacting with those who have disabilities.

I am so proud of our WHS family for buying the autism awareness bracelets in order to help raise money for our WHS special education program. We are blessed with great staff in our special education department. When I first started tossing around this fundraiser idea, I was hoping to raise $300. I am beyond thrilled to be able to present them with this check for $423!!!

We’ve said it once, and we will say it again……Jackson Parish is the most giving community and a great place to call home.


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