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For children turning 4 or 5 before December 31, 2015.

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The eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2015. 

It's difficult to pinpoint an autism definition.  The condition varies in how severely it affects peoples lives.  To them the world is 'a mass of people, places and events which they struggle to make sense of, and which can cause them considerable anxiety.'

While to most people interacting with other people comes naturally, it can be confusing and sometimes frustrating for those who are autistic. For example, jokes and tone of voice can be misinterpreted.

This can sometimes make people seem insensitive, especially as they are unable to gage how a person is feeling, and the usual give-and-take manner of a conversation misunderstood.

And, while there is currently no cure, it is important that autism is diagnosed so that the proper services and support are available to help suffers and their families.

Autism doesn't have to be limiting.  Just look at singer Ladyhawke and Daryl Hannah - they are both autistic and have made a great success of their lives.

So what can do this April?  A really simple way of getting involved is to become a fan of the World Autism Awareness Day facebook page.

Another way to get involved is to Light up Blue for autism!  In 2013 more than 7000 iconic buildings in over 90 countries were lit up in blue to show how connected people are worldwide in raising awareness to autism.  From the Empire State Building in New York to the Niagara Falls in Canada and Burj Al Arab in Dubai.  What a spectacular sight! 



                     Prom Project Niagara 2015 – Free Formal Wear Opportunity

Prom Project Niagara is a one day fun free formal wear extravaganza for girls and guys!

Students can select their perfect head-to-toe look for their prom, formal, or graduation for FREE!  

This year, we are offering Prom Project Niagara at:

  • Thorold Secondary School
  • Beamsville Secondary School
  • Fort Erie Secondary School 

If you know of a student who could use this program, please join us on Saturday, April 11th, from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at one of our locations.  

Inviting all students who are in need of formal wear for their special day! No registration necessary. 

For more information on Prom Project please call 905-641-2929 ext. 54103, email efn@dsbn.org or visit www.efnniagara.ca




Now that the warmer weather has arrived it's time to start your Spring Cleaning!
Applewood Public School Council will be holding its Bags 2 School drive again this year.
So save your clothing, shoes, boots, linens for our Bag 2 School Collection and drop them off at the school between April 27 and May 1.



       2015 DSBN Road Race – Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Come and celebrate the 12th Anniversary of the DSBN Road Race, sponsored by Meridian Credit Union! Happening Sunday, April 26th, 2015 at the DSBN Education Centre in St. Catharines.

1k Fun Run and 5k Road Race for everyone!

Price is still only $10 for students under 20 and $20 for adults 20+!

The day includes:

  • Barbecue for participantsPrizes for top finishers in each 5km age categoryFun Fair with Niagara InflatablesChip Time Results for 5km raceT-shirts for all who pre-register
  • Top school participation prize 

Registration forms must be received by Friday, March 20th to guarantee your 2015 DSBN Road Race shirt! Registration forms are at your school, or can be found online at www.efnniagara.ca 

Come join in the fun!



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