RIVERVIEW - According to recent studies, children with autism are all around us. So for the teachers and administrators at Summerfield Elementary School, understanding these children, educating them and building public awareness are top priorities.
Recently the school hosted an Autism Breakfast and Bubble Ceremony in its courtyard. Students gathered around the balconies and sidewalks and released bubbles, while selected students in regular education classes gave speeches about what autism is.
“The significance of the bubble ceremony is that every bubble is beautiful, special and unique, just like the children we work with each day, as well as all children,” said Robin Remson, the school's exceptional student education specialist.
Remson said many students with autism are in regular education classes and are welcomed and supported by teachers and other students.
“We are all in this together and to make a difference in the lives of our students,” she said. “The teachers and assistants who work with these students each and every day are very special, dedicated and creative people.”
The breakfast was a small way to show appreciation to the parents of students with autism.
This school year, each full-time pre-K through fifth-grade class performed for them.
“We welcome our entire school community together to embrace our students with autism and to celebrate their abilities,” said Michelle Gura, assistant principal. Lorianne De Loreto is a freelance writer who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.