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Autism Walk Comes To Garfield High School In June

Many locals participated in the 2015 Bergen County Walk for a Difference.
Many locals participated in the 2015 Bergen County Walk for a Difference. Photo Credit: POAC Autism Services Facebook
Many locals participated in the 2015 Bergen County Walk for a Difference.
Many locals participated in the 2015 Bergen County Walk for a Difference. Photo Credit: POAC Autism Services Facebook
Many locals participated in the 2015 Bergen County Walk for a Difference.
Many locals participated in the 2015 Bergen County Walk for a Difference. Photo Credit: POAC Autism Services Facebook
Many locals participated in the 2015 Bergen County Walk for a Difference.
Many locals participated in the 2015 Bergen County Walk for a Difference. Photo Credit: POAC Autism Services Facebook
Many locals participated in the 2015 Bergen County Walk for a Difference.
Many locals participated in the 2015 Bergen County Walk for a Difference. Photo Credit: POAC Autism Services Facebook

GARFIELD, N.J. -- The 2016 Walk for a Difference is on Sunday, June 5, at Garfield High School, and it's not too late to get involved.

Folks can register their own teams, or join current teams or donate to them -- like Garfield resident Erika Filian's team, here -- or donate generally.

The event benefits POAC Autism Services, which is a nonprofit that provides free training and education for parents, educators and first responders, and free recreational and support services to children with autism spectrum disorder.

In addition to the walk, the event features food, entertainment, an autism resource fair and more. "There's no party like a POAC party, so be sure to join us for a great day of fun and help POAC continue to support the families and teachers of children and adults with autism throughout New Jersey," organizers note.

Individual participants can also earn rewards based on the donations they raise:

  • $5,000 and up -- iPod Classic
  • $2,500-4,999 -- Fit Bit Charge HR
  • $1,000-2,449 -- iPod Shuffle
  • $750-999 -- POAC hoodie
  • $500-749 -- POAC shirt and magnet
  • $250- 499 -- baseball cap
  • $100-249 -- official walk t-shirt

The rewards are non-cumulative, so participants who raise $100 and over will receive only the highest-level prize, plus the commemorative walk t-shirt. Prizes at the $1,000 level and above will be mailed within 45 days of the event, with others distributed on the day of the walk.

Registration and the Resource Fair will begin at 11 a.m., and the walk kicks off at noon. Garfield High School is located at 500 Palisade Ave. Call the POAC office at 732-785-1099 with any questions.

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