Sparta schools raise Autism awareness

Schools have contributed more than $45,000 to program

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  • Alpine School’s second grade class with Principal, Vice Principal and teachers and organizers of the walk-a thon.

— April is Autism awareness month.

Sparta schools had various walks, events and dress down days to bring awareness throughout the month.

Autism awareness month is meant to educate about Autism and promote tolerance inside and outside of the classroom.

Autism is a neurological condition, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.

Autism affects one in 45 children in New Jersey, according to the Autism New Jersey website,

Last year, over $7,500 was donated to Autism New Jersey by the Sparta School system.

In 2013 and 2014, Sparta schools were top contributors to Autism New Jersey in the state. In the last eight years, they have contributed over $45,000.

According to the Autism New Jersey website, Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. and more children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined.

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