Autos for Autism donates to autism program in Winters schools

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Tim Barnett and Mike Hamilton attended the Feb. 22 school board meeting to deliver a donation of $750 to programs for students with autism in Winters schools. The staff and board members of the Winters School District were happy to accept the donation.

Hamilton is the founder of the Dixon Grillin’ and Chillin’ Car and Truck Show, an event that raises funds for charity organizations in Dixon and surrounding areas. Last year Autos for Autism raised $500 at the Dixon event, and Barnett and Hamilton were happy to donate more money this year.

“That will hopefully help out in the classrooms,” Barnett said.

Director of Educational Services Sandra Ayón said that the special education programs in Winters schools are often short of technology for students who are nonverbal. Ayón said that they need more tablets and  apps specifically designed for children who are nonverbal.

Ayón said that in the future, if the school does not have a need for the full amount of the donation, that Hamilton has said the money will go a scholarship for students with autism who go on to higher education.

In closing, Hamilton said that they are looking forward to Youth Day, where he calculates they will display about 100 cars.

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