Will it ever end? I mean the non-stop colds that our household has been afflicted with since winter began. Now we are into spring (although you wouldn't quite know it) and Emmy is home from school again with a leaky nose, a gravelly cough, and a warm head. Although now she seems to be full of beans and I wonder if I should have just sent her to school...always the way. She only just got over a cold two weeks ago and two weeks before that and two weeks before that and... And Macy is no different. She gets over a cold, Emmy gets it, Macy gets another one, then Emmy. Are you seeing that pattern? Well this pattern sucks and I am sick of it.
This week at Macy and Emmy's school they are having a big fundraiser for Autism Awareness Week. The school is asking for donations. The money raised will go to ACT - Autism Community Training to help support children with autism and their families in our community.
Macy and Emmy are excited to donate money that they have been saving for causes just like this one. This one is of particular interest to us as we have a couple of friends with autism. One of Macy's very good friends has autism. As a teacher, I work with children with autism all the time. In fact, with the exception of one classroom, every class that I have taught in this school year has had at least one child with autism, sometimes two.
The numbers are staggering. One in one hundred children live with autism spectrum disorder, a condition that affects more children in our province than pediatric cancer and diabetes combined.
In addition to donating their own money (and ours), the girls are also taking pledges this week. There is an added incentive for them, they can win prizes! The more money they raise, the more chances they have of winning a prize. [Just to be clear, for every $5 they raise they get a ticket which they can then enter into a draw for the individual prizes. They do not have to raise the most money in the school to win a prize.] You can only imagine how much money our school will be able to raise with chances to win an iPod Touch, Nintendo DS, Hockey gift packs, Ski Chalet rentals, and the list goes on.
If you would like to donate any amount of money, just drop me a line (by Sunday, April 17) and I'll add you to the pledge list. [But absolutely no pressure, I mean it.]
I'll let you know next week how much money our school raises.
Happy Hump Day!