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December 17, 2018

4/13/2018 10:16:00 AM
Pro football comes to Autism Awareness Week

Preparations began in February when the Dodgeville Middle Schools staff ordered special Autism Awareness T-shirts in February to get ready for their Autism Awareness Week. Special "puzzle piece" ribbon, which is the national symbol for autism, was purchased so pins could be made for the staff to wear during this week as well. Students had an opportunity to get these special ribbons, too.
The Student Leadership Team made numerous posters to promote the special week and educate the students with facts and common myths regarding autism.
Culver's of Dodgeville was asked to help support Autism Awareness Week. They donated 25 blue Culver's containers for the Coin Challenge (the national color associated with autism is blue). Each advisory group had a blue container with the advisor's name on it for the special collection. There was also a container just for staff! Students and staff were given daily updates on the progress of the Coin Challenge. On Tuesday, April 3, Mrs. Ihm added a special incentive for the Coin Challenge. She said that if the students reached $500, she would shave her head in front of the whole student body.
Students and staff decorated a paper sheet sized puzzle piece during advisory. Those puzzle pieces were then brought to the cafeteria where the students built a huge wall puzzle with the saying "DMS WE ALL FIT TOGETHER"
Coin collection totals for the week: 6th grade-$259.83; 7th grade-$309.01; 8th grade-$66.40; staff-$126.50. The overall amount raised was $757.35
The winning advisory group was the 7th grade with Mrs. Day-Nelson as advisor. They won an ice cream
Winners of the special lunch activities are as follows:
Tuesday-6th grade: Dreahna Kovars, Alyson Melssen, Charles Washburn, Sierra Davenport; 7th grade: Sasha Komplin, Zena Weber, Natalie Giddings, Irene Tatro. Thursday-6th grade: Sadie Husted, Nik Swiggum, Cassy Hickman, Cassie Zygmunt, Sierra Davenport; 7th grade: Paige Post, Mariah Spink. Friday: 6th grade: Dovy Husom, Dreahna Kovars, Justin Emrick, Katie Kramer, Aylin Cartwright; 7th grade: Paige Post.
On Friday, at the end of the schol day, Tom Schmit, Executive Director of the Hodan Center, spoke about autism as well as gave a general overview of what the Hodan Center is all about. He was presented the check from the students..
Alex Erickson, made an appearance and share his thoughts. He is a former Darlington High School athlete, former UW Badgers football player and is currently a member of the Cincinatti Bengals of the National Football League.
Kailee Kamps, who works at Dodgeville Middle School as a special education aide, is friends with Alex and knew of his connection with the Hodan Center. She contacted him to see about his availability and he was available.
Under the direction of the Student Leadership Team the week included multiple events ending with Light It Up Blue Day on Friday, April 6. Students and staff showed their support by wearing blue or Autism T-shirts on that day.
Each day of the week was a day of special recognition for Autism Awareness.
Monday - Puzzle Piece Day
Decorate and Design your very own puzzle piece. Be sure to put your names on them. Be sure to look around the school there will be facts about autism scattered throughout the building. Puzzle pieces should be collected by Advisor when completed (either Monday or Tuesday).
Tuesday - Activity Day
Activities available during recess - crosswords, word finds, etc all about Autism. If you finish and turn them back in at the end of lunch, you will be put in a drawing for free ice cream from Culver's.
Wednesday - We All Fit Together
We will complete the DMS - We All Fit Together Puzzle Piece Wall. Completed puzzle pieces will be put up on the back wall by students.. Everyone should complete one because we are one family here and we do all fit together.
Thursday - Activity Day
Activities available again at recess to promote an understanding and educate the students about autism. Activities need to be turned in at the end of lunch to be placed in a drawing for free ice cream from Culver's.
Friday - Light It Up Blue Day
Light It Up Blue Day. Wear your blue/Autism T shirt and show your support.
The advisory who raised the most money will be announced during advisory.
Students met in the gym during advisory. Pictures were taken and a check was presented to the Hodan Center from the money raised through the Coin Challenge.

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