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District 209 Administrators Raise Money for Autism Awareness

May 7, 2015 01:45 PM
Central office administrators with Proviso Township High Schools District 209 raised more than $1,000 in support of families impacted by autism and other developmental disorders at the sixth annual The Answer Inc. Walk-a-Thon on May 2 at Proviso East High School.
The team raised $1,115 for the walk-a-thon, the totals of which were still tabulated at press time, said Ms. Deb Vines, director of The Answer, Inc. fundraising walk raised money to send children and adults with developmental disorders to special camps in June. The walk-a-thon also raised money for other programs to benefit families impacted by autism. The team consisted of Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209; Dr. Diane Deckert, director of assessment and planning for District 209; Mr. Dan Johnson, director of truancy/Title I coordinator for District 209; Ms. Sharon Palmer, director of accounting for District 209; Ms. Vanessa Schmitt, director of special education and special programs for District 209; and Mr. Rob Daniel, community and public relations coordinator for District 209.
In 2014, the walk raised $8,000 that enabled The Answer, which is based in Forest Park, to sponsor 25 children and young adults as they attended the Special Camps for Special Citizens Horseback Riding camp in Winfield, Illinois. Ms. Vines said that the plan is to send children and adults with developmental disorders to the camp again.
Dr. Collins-Hart said that she was honored to take part in the walk-a-thon.
"It was an honor to partner with a local group such as The Answer and to benefit our community," she said. "Taking part in an event such as this allows our District to further deepen our partnership with other elements of the community."


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