MacArthur High School’s Autism Awareness Committee, under the direction of co-advisers Vin Causeman and Robert Schimpf, presented the Nassau/Suffolk Chapter of the Autism Society of America with a $7,500 check to fund and support the organization’s family programming. The bulk of the donations was raised through the sale of autism awareness T-shirts, designed by student Thomas O’Mara, for the school’s Day of Awareness. The Key Club also donated $500 through ticket sales for a skate-a-thon this past April.
NSASA President Suzanne Reck said the money is earmarked for Long Island events that afford families the chance to participate in activities that would otherwise be difficult without the support of the Autism Society of America. “MacArthur High School has raised more money than any other school on Long Island,” she noted. “This supportive school community has helped a lot of people. The simple things you can do, these students and families cannot do.”