Sawgrass Bay Elementary and the Academic Services Department represented Lake County Schools at the Walk Now for Autism Speaks event on Nov. 10 at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs.
Sawgrass Bay Elementary generated donations as they walked around Cranes Roost Park. Every 11 minutes, another family receives the devastating news that their child has an autism spectrum disorder. Signs educating about autism were all around the walking path, such as “Autism costs the nation over $137 billion per year, a figure expected to increase significantly in the next decade.”
“We are proud of all of our volunteers as this promotes a sense of community as well as educating what autism is,” said Dr. Julio Valle, Principal at Sawgrass Bay Elementary. “Veda Barr, ESE School Specialist, coordinated this walk for the participants. Currently, Sawgrass Bay Elementary has two autistic units staffed with great teachers, paraprofessionals, and, most of all, great students.”