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Howland High School students on Sunday held the first-ever Autism Walk at Howland Township Park.
More than 100 people pre-registered for the walk and even more signed-up early Sunday.
They walked the mile loop of the park together since April is Autism Awareness Month.
With registration and donations the students were able to raise more than $1,000 for the center.
“It’s just such a great satisfaction, such a great feeling knowing that you’re raising money for a great cause and I have a cousin who actually attends the Rich Center so it’s going to benefit him also, which really makes us all happy,” said walk co-coordinator Kelsi March.
With the success of Sunday’s walk, the seniors hope future Howland students will continue to hold the event every year.
Before the walk got began, Covelli Enterprises presented a check for $12,000 to the Rich Center.
Seven local Panera Bread locations sold cookies during the month of April with all proceeds going to autism awareness.
The restaurants also had collection tins at the registers.
Members of the Howland community also helped sell some of the cookies.