Students at Crestview Middle School are raising funds to fight autism, and several of the students will participate in the 2013 Walk Now for Autism Speaks event on Sept. 28 at the Allen County Fairgrounds.
The students became involved in the project through Kristina Alvarado, whose 12-year-old son Danny Skinner is a student at Crestview. Skinner was diagnosed as having autism at age 2, and Alvarado says Skinner's peers at Crestview have been very supportive of him.
Alvarado contacted Crestview to invite the students to become involved with the Autism Speaks organization. Jodie Norwood, who sponsors the Crestview Student Council, agreed to organize the students and fund-raising at the school.
Student Council members are raising funds for the walk by selling candy bars at lunch time and through individual efforts.
Several Crestview students will join the Team Woodforest/Danny's Dudes team in the walk on Sept. 28.
The team was organized seven years ago as Danny's Dudes and consisted of family members and friends. Four years ago, Woodforest National Bank began sponsoring the team and bank employees became team members.
Autism Speaks is a national non-profit organization that supports families of children with autism and funds research to help find a cause and cure.
To join the team or provide support, contact Alvarado at 249-0139 or email@example.com.
Complete caption: Crestview Middle School students are raising funds for the Autism Speaks organization in support of fellow Crestview student Danny Skinner. Some of the students will also participate in Walk Now for Autism Speaks event Sept. 28 in Allen County. Students involved in the effort include (front row, from left) Salem Stanley, Syanna Bonewitz, Maitlyn Christman, Emily Johnson, Emma Melcher, Brianna Bates, Danielle Gonser, Melissa Pharoah and Gauge Keirn; (second row, from left) Paul Helmich, Drew Davis, Sebastian Kreul, John Groves, Mariah Marshall, Claire Ludlow, Alli Jennings, Aidan Hosler, Darcy Williams, Olivia Meyer and Kiana Kistler; (third row, from left) Aliyah Tolley, Sydney Kyle, Kalee Platt, Karmen Koch, McCayla Xayyachack, Haley Cook, Haleigh Rydell, Mariah Okuly, Reiley Brown and Sara Barker; and (back row, from left) Danny Skinner, Lauren Carmichael, Caleigh Burkley, Kyle Cox, Maya Hernandez, Sara Kauffman, Marissa Owens, Holly Pharoah, Dalton Lusch, Sami Smith and Shay Garwood.