May 28, 2008 | Students at Hector Elementary in Hector recently raised $2,200 to support autism evaluation and diagnosis at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) James L. Dennis Developmental Center.
A check was presented to UAMS’ Melanie Taylor, administrative director of the Dennis Developmental Center, during the Hector school’s April 30 Autism Awareness Mega Party to celebrate the students’ efforts. April is National Autism Awareness Month. The students raised money from the community and even donated large sums of their own money.
“I am touched by the generosity of spirit and compassion shown by the students at Hector Elementary,” said Melanie Taylor, administrative director of the DDC. “This is about kids helping kids. It is also a testament to the positive influence of parents and teachers who have instilled these important values in these children.”
Students at Hector Elementary last year raised $700 by collecting pennies for the UAMS autism program. Sandi Lyons and Christie Proctor, parents of students at Hector Elementary, are the driving force behind the annual fundraiser.
Hector Elementary Principal Kathy Freeman said the autism project was chosen because one of the school’s students has autism, which has made the school more aware of the needs of