Light it Up Blue for Autism Awareness
In recognition of April as World Autism Awareness month and April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day, Norwich Free Academy is hosting the Autism Safety & Awareness Expo and Light it Up Blue event, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, April 2, in Norton Gym and the Atrium. The event will feature information about available community programs for individuals on the spectrum, and is free, open to the public, and family friendly.
The Autism Safety & Awareness Expo features keynote speakers Dr. Joel Bregman, Director of the Autism/Neurological Disorder Center, who will provide an overview of current statistics and behaviors, and Courtney Pinner, of Bloom Behavioral Services, who will speak about how to approach an autistic child or adult in an emergency situation.
Exhibitors include Zentastic Wellness Center/Take Time to Heal, Autistic Families of CT, UCFS, LightHouse Vocational Education Center, Bloom Behavioral Service, Coleman Pediatric Therapy, Bubbles to Butterfly Swim School, and more. The event also features entertainment from NFA’s Unified Club and dancers and bucket band, face painting, door prizes, and refreshments.
At 8:00 p.m. the event will conclude with the symbolic blue illumination of the Atrium, part of the nation-wide Light it Up Blue campaign for autism awareness.
NFA Outstanding Fan Base Recognized
Representatives from NFA were presented with the 2017-18 Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference “Battle of the Fans” award during the “Run to the Sun” high school basketball finals at Mohegan Sun, Friday, March 16. The award celebrates sportsmanship, positive fan behavior, student leadership and student participation.
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Congratulations to NFA’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards winners! (L to R) Danni Huang '18 (Silver Medal), Sarah Nash (Metals Teacher), Max Wawryznowicz '18 (Gold Medal), Stephanie Blonsky (Sculpture Teacher), Robert Davidson (Painting Teacher), Yiyang (Chelsea) Liu '18 (Gold Medal). The student medal winners and their teachers have been invited to attend the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in June.
Empty Bowls Help Fill Food Pantry Shelves
The annual Empty Bowls fundraiser was held Wednesday, March 28 in the NFA Cafeteria. Participants received a bowl, hand made by NFA students, and delicious soup from the Brickview, the on-campus restaurant, for $10 per person. 210 bowls were sold raising $2,110 for the NFA Food Pantry, which provides 60 bags of food per week to students in need and their families.
March Students of the Month Honored
March Students of the Month (l-r) Emma Campagnari ’19, Kali Whitford ’20, Kelly Daigneault ’18, and Phillip Ludlow ’20. Not pictured - Darren Bailey ’19, Alexander Wicken ’19, Chrislove St. Surin ’21, Delvin Hawkins ’20, and Justin Enslow ’19.
Students Present at True Colors Workshop
Several members of NFA’s Gay/Straight Alliance presented workshops at the 25th Annual True Colors Conference at the University of Connecticut in Storrs on Friday, March 16. Alexander Wicken ’19, Marina Britos-Swain ’19, and Chloe Rubin ’21 prepared and presented a workshop on LGBT activism titled ‘Wake Up! Stand Up! Speak Up!’
The students each talked about when they realized they needed to speak up for their rights and the rights of others. Workshop participants were then encouraged to share their own stories.
Hadley Milano, Marian Chong Cuy ’18, and Gambit Riser ’19 presented a workshop called “Ice, Ice, Breakers,” to help other students lead GSA meetings. Both workshops were well attended and received positive reviews from those who attended.