Walnut Creek Elementary School (WCES) is shining a light on autism throughout the month of April by participating in Light it up Blue, a global initiative to help raise awareness about autism and kick-off World Autism Awareness Month.
The school on Tuesday joined with other buildings and landmarks around the world involved in the initiative by placing blue filters on the fluorescent lights in the school’s commons area. Staff members also decorated a puzzle piece on display in the front lobby and wore blue clothing, blue bracelets and puzzle piece pins in support of autism awareness.
The WCES art fair on April 18 will also have a spotlight on autism awareness, offering puzzle piece items for sale that have been created by the students and other artists.
Throughout the month, WCES teachers will pay money to wear jeans and logo wear one day each week. The building also plans to sponsor a pajama day for students. Each student will pay 25 cents to wear pajamas. The students who participate will be entered in a raffle to win a special edition Autism Speaks Build-a-Bear.
All proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks, which focuses on research and advocacy for individuals with autism and their families.