Thanks to staff and students at St. Matthew Catholic Elementary School, children living with autism, and their families, are feeling a bit of extra support.
The school hosted a raffle on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, to raise funds for the Ron Joyce Centre and CYO, both local organizations that help students with Autism.
“Our objective was to help shine a light on an important cause and offer support to families of children living with Autism,” said Educational Assistant Daniella Gregorinski.
According to Autism Canada, 1 out of 68 children is currently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. It is now the fastest growing and most commonly diagnosed neurological disorder in Canada, states the organization's website.
In addition to the raffle, staff and students were encouraged to wear blue in solidarity with those around the world who also recognized World Autism Day.
Thanks to the generous support of the St. Matthew community, the school was able to raise $4000.