During the week of Sept. 11, I had the opportunity to work with Madera High’s Blue Crew and put together an Autism Week. First we created a video, and showed it at Madera High School, educating students on what it is like to be autistic. Second, we honored the staff at Pershing with lunch and T-shirts because of the fantastic job they do with our autistic students in Madera Unified.
On Friday night at the football game we displayed a chain showing how autism affects so many people and advertised for the walk on Saturday. The following day we had a walk/kid’s carnival that brought awareness to the same cause.
I would like to thank the following people for helping: Dr. Sabrina Nassar, DDS, for donating her office and a financial contribution to make the week work; Kay McCullough, Barbara Gomez, Jeri Patterson for making lunches for the staff; Sarkis Manavazian for creating a shirt and making it affordable for us to sell and donate; and Danene Guglielmana for being great about collecting information and setting us up for success.
The walk was organized by Blue Crew, Daniele Glynn, Taylor Gaines and the Boy Scout Troop 116. Chuck Gensel and his group F.E.A.T. also helped by providing information and food at the event. The walk was a success and hope we can do it again.
We also need to thank Autism Speaks for all they do. Mark Chadwick, our Scoutmaster for helping and also providing guidance on my Eagle Scout Project. Steve Thornton, my father, for working tirelessly to help me achieve my Eagle rank. Mich-elle Thornton, my mom, for help and her encouragement. Mr. Albertson, Ms. Murrietta, Shane Riddle, Bonner Cunnings, Tim Riche’, Lalo Sanchez and the entire staff at Madera High School. We have a great school that makes things happen!
It is has been my pleasure to help raise awareness to autism.