Number of Participants: 300
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $2,535
Event Amount Raised: $1,371
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: May 17, 2021
New Hyde Park
In honor of Autism Acceptance Month, Garden City Park School is hosting its annual
fundraiser to support Autism Speaks, from April 16 to May 19. The fundraiser is organized by teachers Anne Schneider and Dena Zornberg.
Autism Speaks representative Carla Sterling spoke about the organization’s mission to students and staff during the fundraiser’s virtual kickoff. Both in-person and virtual students are able to donate through the school’s personal page on the Autism Speaks website. Each class is also participating by coloring puzzle pieces, a symbol that represents autism, and displaying them around the school building and on social media.
Principal Amy Sullivan and physical education teacher Nicholas Mercurio volunteered to be silly-stringed at the conclusion of the fundraiser. One student from each class, either in-person or remote, will have the opportunity to be chosen to silly string either staff member.
As of May 10, the school has raised $1,371.45 for Autism Speaks, surpassing their goal of $500.
“We are so grateful to have so many of our students and faculty generously donating to such a worthy cause,” Schneider said.
- Garden City Park School first graders in Dena Zornberg’s class wore blue to honor Autism Acceptance Month on April 16.
2-4. Garden City Park School students are pictured with their decorated puzzle pieces.
Photos courtesy of the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Union Free School District