Lacey Celebrates Autism Awareness Month

Mill Pond Elementary Supervisor Holly Niemiec tells the public what her school did to spread awareness of autism at the recent Board of Education meeting. (Photo by Kimberly Bosco)

LACEY – “Did you know that 1 percent of the world population is on the autism spectrum?” asked Mill Pond Elementary Supervisor Holly Niemiec to the full audience at the most recent Board of Education meeting.

Niemiec lead a short presentation at the meeting to discuss Autism Awareness Month. She noted that Mill Pond students did their part by participating in the “Light It Up Blue” program.

“Our hallways were decorated, our doors were decorated, and outside every classroom there was a blue balloon,” she said.

Staff and students wore blue to support the program as well. The Parents of Children with Autism organization also gave a presentation to the 5th and 6th grade students about the unique challenges and differences of having a child with autism, “so that we can support all the students with autism in our building and around in our community,” said Niemiec.

“We’re so proud of all of our students…for choosing kind, and learning, embracing, and supporting differences,” she added.