Special school raises money for autism


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  • A bake sale fundraiser to combat autism.



— The 12+ Transitional classroom at Jean M. Manfra School raised money in support of Autism NJ during the last week of April’s Autism Awareness Month. Students helped to make cookies, brownies, cupcakes, bread, keychains and picture frames, which were sold for between $.50 and $2.50. The students chose to donate to Autism NJ after receiving a free Autism NJ resource kit for their school with information, pencils and even tattoos.

Kristin Genetelli, a special education teacher at the school said, “It doesn’t matter how big or small, the kids love to make a difference. They put a lot of time and effort into this project and are very proud of themselves for what they have accomplished.”

Kristin also reported that students will be participating in a daily car wash, where they will be charging $7 per car, with all money going to support a local animal shelter.

The Jean M. Manfra School is a part of the Willowglen Academy of New jersey, Inc., an alliance of private special education schools. Jean M. Manfra continues to seek volunteer and job sampling opportunities for its 12+ Transitional Program to teach students vocational skills and allow them to interact positively with their community.


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