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Carla Perkins, Feature Editor

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Every spring, the Chippewa Valley High School choirs host A Capella for Autism to raise money for research and awareness. The event is pretty well-known in the community and will be held in the Henrichsen Auditorium on Wednesday, April 18th this year. This will be the 5th annual performance for our choirs. Besides selling $1 puzzle pieces to raise money, choir students will participate in raffles, a miracle minute, and other forms of fundraising for a great cause.

With autistic patients, music therapy can:
•support emotional, cognitive, and social developments
•help them express themselves when they can’t speak
•develop fine motor skills
•Develop band eye coordination
•increase attention span
•increase sensory regulation
•increase language skills
•increase interactions with other people
•increase self esteem
•increase ability to use visual information
•increase ability to follow directions
•increase independent leisure time activities

Being that April is Autism Awareness month, many families affected by autism enjoy coming out and watching the performance. It can be hard for those affected, so the goal of A4A is to show support, raise awareness, and donate all proceeds to the cause. This concert is also a family-friendly, fun event for the community as a whole. This year, our high school choirs will also be joined by the Wyandot Middle School 7th and 8th grade choirs.

Choir director James Pecar and accompanist Olivia Ferguson spend a lot of time every year teaching all of the music and preparing the students for the show. Pecar made sure to thank his students and the booster moms for helping put this event together during the concert, as well as everyone in the community for coming out and supporting both the choirs and the Autism Society.

“This concert brings us together as human beings because Autism doesn’t discriminate. You may not know who, but you probably know at least one person who has ASD. This concert helps us as a community grow in love, compassion, and support for one another. And the love is spreading! Mr. Pecar has been contacted by other schools who want to bring A Cappella for Autism to their schools and their communities,” Abbie Soloman, one of the most involved choir students at Chippewa shared.

Over $3,000 was collected from this event and will be donated to the Autism Society, and the choirs were able to reach their goal of raising more money than last year. “This year was our 5th annual A Cappella for Autism concert and we ended up beating our previous record puzzle pledge selling! People all throughout our community have donated and they still can; the donations for this years concert will be open all April in honor of April being autism awareness month,” Soloman expressed.

 

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