Second graders raise funds for Autism Speaks

Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer

Beacon Correspondent

South Fortuna Elementary School 2nd grade teacher Susie Lewis and her students sold popcorn at school to raise money for Autism Speaks. Autism affects 1 in 88 children and Autism Speaks raises money for research.

The task was planned by the 27 students, their teacher and 2 parent helpers. The dedicated volunteers compiled over 400 bags of popcorn and sold them to students for 50 cents each.

April was Autism Awareness month and the school held an assembly to share information about Autism with the students. Lewis shared, "We performed a poem about how every child is special and unique."

After careful planning and permission from the school the students worked diligently to create over 400 hand decorated bags for the popcorn. The bags reflected words of gratitude to supporters and symbols of love and acceptance.

The school was filled with excitement as the popcorn was dispersed at recess. The 2nd grade students glowed with pride as they delivered classroom shipments.

The fundraiser for Autism raised about $140 and provided a wonderful opportunity to the students to make a difference. Lewis explains, "The students loved popping, bagging, and selling the popcorn." Education played a role in the fundraiser as the children processed the money and calculated their profit after deduction of their expenses. "It was a great learning experience and a lot of fun," confirms Lewis.

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photos by Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer/Beacon

1. South Fortuna Elementary students fill bags with popcorn. The popcorn will be sold to raise money for Autism Speaks.

2. South School students raise their bags in celebration of Autism Awareness.