On March 15, the Wautoma Kiwanis Club received a donation from Schmitt Title of $250 for the 2nd annual Wautoma Kiwanis Autism Run/Walk that will be held on Saturday, April 7, at Parkside Middle School. Carol King, an employee of Schmitt Title and a member of the Wautoma Kiwanis Club, presented the check to Wautoma Kiwanis Club President Peter Braatz. Also pictured: Kaitlyn Faber, Rhonda Chastain, Sally Hardle and Megan Zelienka. Not pictured: Adam Heding.

2nd annual Wautoma Kiwanis Autism Run/Walk set for April 7

Immediately following Blue Ribbon Kids Day on Saturday, April 7, at Parkside Middle School, the Wautoma Kiwanis Club will be hosting their 2nd annual Autism Run/Walk. Profits from the event assist area children on the autism spectrum, supplying them with new iPads and educational software specific to their learning needs.  

Stepping off from Parkside Middle School, the 1-mile event begins at 1:30 p.m. and the 5K at 2 p.m. Registration is available online at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/15432/2018-wautoma-kiwanis-autism-fun.... Onsite registration is also offered at Parkside School on Friday, April 6, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 7, from 8:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m. with the hard cut-off at 12:30 p.m. 

Children under 5-years-old are free to participate and strollers are encouraged, however, please leave your pets at home as this may be too stimulating for participating children on the autism spectrum. There is a registration with the cost will depending on the age of the runner, with team discounts are available this year regardless of age. 

The Kiwanis Club will also host an onsite for-purchase food stand and raffle baskets for your enjoyment throughout the morning and afternoon. Detailed updates are available via the Wautoma Kiwanis Club Facebook page.

Why does the Wautoma Area Kiwanis Club help area children in this way? Kids need Kiwanis. Children on the autism spectrum benefit with simple, hand-held technology in various ways. For example, children find communicating with parents, caretakers, and instructors less frustrating. The portability of the iPad allows children to take the device with them.

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