Students at Spectrum High School in Elk River organized a first-time walk to raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders and raise money for the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM).
They dubbed the April 9 event at Lion’s Park in Elk River the Way2Go Walk for Autism. They can take a bow, as the event attracted nearly 200 people and was deemed a huge success.
Before the walk started, those in attendance heard from Spectrum staff members Kellie Blanchard, Karin Ness and Sean Ryther; Spectrum student Brett Henkemeyer, who has a form of Autism called Asperger Syndrome; and Jenette Johnson of AuSM.
The Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) is an organization of families, educators, care givers and professionals committed to supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). It was established in 1971.
The main purpose of Spectrum’s walk was to raise awareness about the disorder that now affects 1 in 110 children, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.