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Autism Organization Honoring Deerfield Elementary Group

A team of 75 Deerfield teachers, students and family members raised nearly $8,000 for Walk Now for Autism Speaks, held last spring at State Fair Park.

A group of Deerfield Elementary teachers, students and family members will be honored next month for their efforts raising money for autism.

A team of 75 members raised $7,915.95 for Walk Now for Autism Speaks, held last spring at Wisconsin State Fair Park. That dollar amount was the second-most raised out of more than 100 teams registered for the event.

They will be recognized Nov. 1 during an Autism Speaks thank-you event.

School psychologist Lisa Reid, who helped organize the team, said a large group mobilized because autism especially hits home for teachers. The disorder affects about 1 in 88 children, so it no doubt has a huge impact in a district as large as Oak Creek.

Oftentimes, teachers are the first ones who talk with families, guiding them through getting a child the help he or she needs, Reid said.

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