Students at Pioneer Valley High School in Santa Maria organized a “Walk for Autism” event to raise awareness of those who are on the spectrum and their struggles.
The first-time event is part of a student-led effort to bring the community together for a special cause.
The school’s ability service training responsibility and achievement or “Astra” club worked with Altrusa a national community service organization to host the event.
Students and supporters walked on the high school’s track and then later learned about the autism spectrum.
“People that are not educated about it can be a little bit judgmental about it, but once again that is why we’re here today is to bring that awareness to the community,” said Rosie Rocha, a “Walk for Autism” supporter.
Between 50 and 70 supporters came out to support the cause.