Ag for Autism giving back to communities

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Ag for Autism members presented grants to Manila teachers and received a donation raised through an Autism Awareness Walk held. Pictured are, from left: Troy Misner, Ag for Autism member; Jonna Hamilton, teacher; Tracy Bohannon, teacher; Danny Graham, Ag for Autism president; Beth Jolliff, teacher; Russell Page, teacher; and Daniel Pieroni, treasurer Ag for Autism.

Manila teachers Jonna Hamilton, Beth Jolliff, Tracy Bohannon and Russell Page welcomed Danny Graham, president; Daniel Pieroni, treasurer; and Troy Misner, members of Ag for Autisim.

Ag for Autism, organized in 2012, has granted over $500,000 in Northeast Arkansas since organizing in 2012.

This year's visit from the Ag for Autisim members was to give and receive. Hamilton was presented a check for $4,700 and Jolliff received $5,300 for her students' classroom.

Ag for Autism is a 501 3c organization giving to non profit groups to help meet the needs of children with autisim.

Statistics show one in 65 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

In addition to presenting the grants, Bohannon, Manila elementary teacher, gave the organization a donation raised through an Autism Awareness Walk around the Manila campus led by her students in April. The children raised $230.

Each year a large fundraiser, Ag Bash, is held. Last year over 400 attended raising over $100,000. The event was held at Centennial Hall in Jonesboro.

The Ag for Autism group welcomes individuals, industries and businesses who like to help with fund-raisers to give back to the communities.

Non-profit organizations working with children with autism can apply for grants.

Bohannon's classroom received a grant from Ag for Autism in 2017.

“We appreciate all you do for the children,” Graham said. “Helping with autism awareness is personal for me and Daniel.”

Grants have been awarded to other local schools throughout Northeast Arkansas.

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