Students, staff, and family members kicked off World Autism Awareness Day with their Third Annual Autism Walk, and each class decorated a large puzzle piece in honor of Autism Awareness and acceptance.
Throughout Colonial School District, students and staff find ways to make differences in our classrooms, schools and community.
Their acts help Colonial serve as a warm and welcoming place where children feel safe and comfortable while learning their academics -- as well as providing opportunities for students to learn how to contribute to the greater good.
These are some of their stories.
Students celebrated by "rocking their socks", watching a video about Down Syndrome, and having a special visit from PE first grader Emilio Lopez, who delivered a World Down Syndrome Day poster to every classroom.
Sixty teams played in the tournament to raise money for brain cancer research.
With World Compliment Day taking place the last day of Read Across America Week, Colonial School District's teachers union put together a way for students to give compliments that also connected to Dr. Seuss.
From October through April, Colonial School District schools each take a turn bringing in food donations for the Colonial Neighborhood Council Food Drive. February was Ridge Park's turn.
Whitemarsh Elementary students are creating a piece of art for a nonprofit organization that is named for one of their peers and that raises money for researching Congenital Heart Disease.
The week-long challenge includes several activities and events that encourage and reward students for doing kind things.
At Plymouth Elementary School, Mrs. Weidamoyer's second graders took the MLK Day Challenge and made "sock rolls" for homeless Philadelphians.
PWHS Best Buddies wove recycled plastic bags into mats for area homeless people in a project coordinated by the William Jeanes Memorial Library and a new organization called Integrate for Good.
PE students raised more than $2000 for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in exchange for wearing their pajamas to school.
PWHS French, Latin and Spanish Club members came together to package comfort bags for Philadelphians struggling with homelessness and food insecurity.
Each December, CES Cares, the service learning club at Colonial Elementary School, collects money to buy presents for needy families during the winter holidays.
Members of the PWHS DECA Chapter created a promotional campaign to raise money for Wreaths Across America and took part in a wreath-laying ceremony on December 15.
Patients at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and other hospitalized children in the tristate area will enjoy a new toy this holiday season thanks to a collection at Ridge Park Elementary School.
A yearly tradition at Central Montco Technical High School, students made Thanksgiving dinner for the Norristown Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center (CHOC).