4 Stories that Made 2016 Shine

At the Autism Model School we believe in partnership in action. How family members, employees, volunteers, board members and the business community can join forces and create amazing outcomes for students. Take a look at 4 partnership-in-action stories that transformed 2016 into the year of AMS Star Power.

Dance Till U Shine

What began as an appeal for donations at the close of 2015, quickly grew into a dance program for students of all skill levels. Dance Till U Shine provided fun and fitness to over 100 students. Instructors from the Mini Motions Dance Center taught basic steps, choreographed routines and agility exercises. The November showcase was a huge success with over 250 guests in attendance.



Garden Bed Build

When a group of volunteers from the Boy Scouts of America Troop 154 arrived at the school with a truckload of lumber good things were in the works. The young men spent a chilly spring afternoon constructing two garden beds on the campus of AMS. In addition to the build, the troop raised funds to cover material costs and purchase soil, fertilizer and seeds. Their inspiring generosity led to the creation of the school’s Garden Club.



Breakfast for the Cause

The school’s annual Autism Awareness Breakfast was a huge success. Over 100 guests attended the event which featured a resource fair, keynote address and free breakfast (donated by Mayberry Diner). Young professionals from Leadership Toledo’s 2016 class helped plan the event as part of a group project.



Comics and Comprehension

In June the school received an awesome update–we were awarded a $54,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Education. The funds will be used to develop comics which will accompany the school’s reading textbooks and help students understand more of what they read.




The fact that this list could go on and on is a testament to the giving spirit of the school’s supporters. On behalf of the students and staff who call AMS home, thank you for making 2016 shine! (Bring on 2017…)

–Luke Reed, Development Director at AMS