Under duress, Mr Brown and Mrs Rodgers, from the English Department, have agreed to change their habits of a lifetime and change the colour of the clothes they normally wear to school for Autism Awareness Week (27th March – 2nd April). They are willing – sort of – to push themselves out of their comfort zones for a very good cause: to make people think about differences, which is what Autism Awareness Week is all about – embracing and accepting difference.
Their ‘sacrifice’ is also a great way of raising much needed funds for the HOPE centre in Airdrie, which supports young people with an Autistic Spectrum Diagnosis (ASD) and their families.
Both teachers have been given a challenge:
Mrs Rodgers has been challenged to come to school for the entire week in any colour as long as it is NOT PINK – her statement colour!
Mr Brown’s challenge is to wear a rather becoming colour of neck tie and belt instead of his signature BLACK – again for the entire week.
By sponsoring these lovely people or by making a donation – no matter how small – during Autism Awareness Week you are making a positive difference to a young person with Autism’s life.
Pupil members of the Autism Awareness Group will be coming around classes during period 6 on Monday and period 1 on Thursday to collect donations. Staff can also Gift Aid their donations so that the HOPE Charity can claim back the tax already paid to the government – increasing the value of their donations significantly.
Another way you can help us is by wearing something pink, purple or blue (Autism Awareness colours) on Friday 31st March – it is after all a FREE non-uniform day for the Awards Event anyway! Teachers will be challenged, also on the Friday, to come into school wearing clothes in either or all of the same three colours.
It would be fantastic if you could all donate your normal £1 donation to non-uniform day to the HOPE charity whose work support people in the North Lanarkshire Area and beyond.
Many thanks in advance for your help in this matter.
Mrs Myles and the Autism Awareness Group
(Beth Auld, Emily Boustead, Erin and Katie Grieve)