Bell County businesses and schools might look a little blue this April, but it’s definitely not for a sad reason.
Page School Center students are celebrating Light It Up Blue, which commemorates the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), which was celebrated April 2.
As part of the eighth grade leadership project, students designed posters about autism for school and areas businesses. Students also created on packets for local businesses asking them to participate in the Light it up Blue Campaign for World Autism Awareness Day. The packets included blue light bulbs for them to hang on their business doors, brochures about autism for display, and an invitation to the school’s upcoming Autism Walk and Activity Day on April 26.
“The students worked hard to make sure World Autism Awareness Day was recognized in our area,” said Julia Burgan, academic specialist for GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), who worked closely with the student leadership team. “It’s rewarding to see them help other students and their community.”
All elementary schools in Bell County have established student leadership teams through Berea College GEAR UP and its partner, College for Every Student. Students on the Page leadership team include Kenessa Burke, Gracen Callebs, William Emery, Kaitlyn Henderson, Grace Hensley, Blake Jackson, Madison King, Samantha King, Harlie Pannell and Dalton Reynolds.
Berea College has been awarded a seven-year GEAR UP grant from the U.S. Department of Education (2011-2018) totaling $149,408,000 (50 percent federal funds and 50 percent non-federal funds).