Gotham Avenue School recognized Autism Awareness Month with a variety of activities to help further understanding and acceptance of the disorder. Under the direction of art teacher Gina Carr, students decorated puzzle pieces with messages of how they can make a difference. Those art pieces and small decorative class plaques were placed on a giant bulletin board in a main hallway of the school. At the bulletin board’s center is a heart that reads “Be a part of the puzzle.”
It was created by the school’s art club. School psychologist Dr. Jodi Luce arranged for the entire student body to watch educational videos on autism. The classes then participated in meaningful discussions on what they learned. In addition to the educational components of the program, students in Jennifer Mayerhofer’s class sold ice pops during lunch periods throughout the month, with help from fifth graders Joshua Caesar and Joel Fearon and sixth grader Shaun Bisnauth. The proceeds from the sale, more than $800, were donated to the Nassau/Suffolk chapter of the Autism Society of America to promote acceptance and raise awareness.
Photo caption: Gotham Avenue School students are pictured with (from left, standing teacher Jennifer Mayerhofer, school psychologist Dr. Jodi Luce, teacher aides Marie Martinez, Guadalupe Melendez and Tiffani Ricks. Art teacher Gina Carr is also pictured.