PES Marks Autism, Special Education Week

Thursday, April 20, 2017
The student body of Piggott Elementary School gathered for this group photo last Thursday. Students and staff dressed in colorful shirts in an effort to depict the iconic Autism Speaks puzzle-piece logo.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Students and staff at Piggott Elementary School joined others across the nation last week in marking Autism and Special Education Awareness Week. Throughout the four days, cut short by the Good Friday holiday, a variety of special events and activities were held.

The observation was planned as April has been designated as World Autism Month, in an attempt to better educate the public as part of the “Autism Speaks” program.

On Monday all students and staff were asked to wear their Autism awareness t-shirt, or blue, in support of the program. Other observances were also held, including a door decorating contest, with the week culminating in a rally on Thursday.

Colorful puzzle pieces in recognition of Autism and Special Education Awareness Week adorn the doors of the PES parent center during last week's observation.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

During the rally the students gathered for a group shot in the bleachers of the PES gym, with each class wearing a different color shirt in an attempt to replicate the Autism Speaks puzzle-piece logo.

Afterward, as the older students returned to class the younger ones enjoyed a movie on the new big-screen system donated last year by First National Bank.

Organizers offered their thanks to everyone who took part in the effort.

Those wanting additional information on Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Autism Speaks may visit them online at

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