In recognition of National Autism Awareness Month, Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino and the Gersh Academy are teaming up to host a special student art exhibit at Hempstead Town Hall. Today, Santino congratulated and thanked Gersh Academy’s student artists, along with their parents and teachers, during a special ceremony at Town Hall.

More than a dozen students from the Gersh Academy contributed their artwork to the Autism Awareness Month exhibit, and were on hand at the ceremony to meet Supervisor Santino.

“When you see the hard work of these talented young students, it will certainly brighten your day,” Santino said. “I thank the Gersh Academy students and staff for helping us shed light on the importance of Autism awareness and what this month truly represents.”

The Gersh Academy, headquartered in West Hempstead, is a school that specializes in the education of students on the Autism Spectrum.

“Art making is a fantastic way for people, especially those on the autism spectrum, to communicate, relate their feelings and express themselves. Having a venue like this to display their artistic efforts and hard work gives our students a sense of pride and accomplishment,” said Gersh Academy art therapist Elizabeth Pasipanki.

The art will remain on display in the Ground Floor Lobby of Town Hall through Monday, May 2nd and is viewable during business hours between 8 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.

“Serving children with special needs has and always will be a priority in the Town of Hempstead, and we’re proud to team with the Gersh Academy to spread awareness about Autism Awareness Month,” Santino said. “Congratulations to our talented student artists!”

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