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30 Days of Giving 2019, Day 8: Old Westbury Students Walk for Autism

SUNY Old Westbury students and staff pose at the Long Island Autism Walk at Jones Beach.

The SUNY Old Westbury student chapter of the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) is more than a group of future teachers learning, supporting, and navigating their road to graduation  together. They also display an understanding of the mission and social justice focus that SUNY Old Westbury represents.

In October, the CEC members were among the approximately 10,000 who participated in the Autism Speaks Walk at Jones Beach, which was held for the 20th consecutive year this year. The event is one of the largest autism walks in the country, and brings together people on the spectrum, as well as their friends, families and other supporters to raise both money and awareness along the way. The Old Westbury CEC members raised more than $1,600 to help ensure people of all abilities have access to the tools needed to lead ‘their best lives.’

In advance of Thanksgiving, CEC members along with faculty advisor Professor Lina Gilic continued their service-oriented spirit by purchasing, and cooking brunch for families at the Ronald McDonald House by Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center.

More photos can be found on the CEC student chapter President Keana Lee’s Instagram.


Across SUNY, students, faculty and administration alike are coming together to in the spirit of charity and togetherness. 30 Days of Giving is our annual tradition, which starts on Thanksgiving every year, where we reflect on efforts of the past year and highlight some of the selfless acts of that members of the SUNY community are leading. Stay tuned for more.

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Written by Taryn Rackmyer

Taryn Rackmyer is a recent graduate of Mohawk Valley Community College, now attending the University at Albany for Public Policy. Taryn is a student assistant for SUNY's Government Relations & Marketing Department.

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