Crescenta Valley High School (CVHS) Autism Speaks Club held a Birthday Gift Drive for the Special Education Department on Tuesday, November 15. This event was designed and promoted by the students and volunteers of CVHS Autism Speaks Club. More than twenty club members participated in this monthly event and celebrated birthdays of their peers in the Special Education Department.
Autism Speaks Club is dedicated to promoting better lives for individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and education. The club contributes to increase understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder and supports students in CVHS Special Education Department through special events and activities.
Throughout the year, the club members are divided into groups and assigned tasks aligned with their areas of strength. Students with prominent artistic abilities can participate in poster creations or card decorations for special events such as Birthday Gift Drive. Students who are talented in writing publicize and advertise club events, both in school campus and the entire community. Collectively, all members contribute to advocate for better interventions for autism spectrum disorder in society.
Eunice Kim, a member of CVHS Autism Speaks Club, told JSR, “the role of our club is extremely important to accelerate progress and support individuals with autism and their families. By celebrating their birthdays together as a group, all of us can show how students with autism are equally loved and valued and help to increase their self-esteem at the same time.”
This month, the club celebrated the birthdays of four students in the Special Education Department. Members brought four big posters that they made during club meetings, with bags full of candies and chocolates to visit the Special Education Department.
Mrs. Mathias, the advisor of Autism Speaks Club, told JSR, “we will continue to work in partnership with those who share the common goals, ambitions, and values until we meet the purpose of a club. I strongly believe these school community events and volunteering opportunities will change the way that students view our Special Education Department.”