Puzzle Partners Attend Baseball in Education Day

Submitted by Heather Peterson

On May 3, 2017, seven students from the Linoln Intermedite Unit #12 Autism Support class were joined by the eighth grade students in the Puzzle Partners club to attend the York Revolution game for Baseball in Education Day. Students were treated to a game, lunch, meeting with Rev’s mascot, Downtown, and participating in the Field of Dreams. They were also invited to participate in a “High Five” tunnel to greet the players as they took the field. All of the students then assembled at first base for the National Anthem. Puzzle Partners was announced as one of the Dream Teams that attended the game. The weather was beautiful and the game was exciting.

Puzzle Partners is a club consisting of twenty general education students and the Autism Support class. The goal of this club is to spread awareness, acceptance, fun, and fellowship through club meetings, outside activities such as bowling, baseball games, and the Autism Walk. All of the students benefit from this interaction. Students with Autism learn social skills such as starting conversations, maintaining friendships, and learning social boundaries. The general education students are learning patience and tolerance of those with different learning styles, communication, and behavioral needs.

Puzzle Partners held their second annual walk for Autism Awareness on May 6, 2017, at York Suburban High School track from 9:00am-12:00pm. All money raised stays in the district to help continue to foster these interactions between the general education students and the LIU#12 classes.

For further information on Puzzle Partners, please contact Heather Peterson at hjpeterson@iu12.org.