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Autism Awareness Goes to the Dogs

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Students at Harborfields High School and Oldfield Middle School have been baking and selling dog treats to benefit autism awareness throughout the month of April as part of a "Work Experience Within The School" program.

Rhonda Lebit’s Career Transitions Class at the high school and Sandra Buscemi’s middle school students first created a business plan, which included packaging and distributing order forms via Google to the school community. They then baked the treats using natural, dog-friendly ingredients and packaged the product. Additionally, the high school class teamed up with the school’s audiovisual department to film a commercial to promote their product.

This initiative is teaching students vocational, reading, math and social skills, among many other new abilities. All proceeds of sales of the dog treats will be donated to the Nassau/Suffolk Chapter of the Autism Society of America, a parent-run organization serving over 1,900 families on Long Island.