Walter Zadow PS -Ottawa-Carleton District School Board - Who Is NOBODY?

Walter Zadow Grade 6 student Noah Pelkey collected an impressive $1,517.25 for Autism Ontario in a week-long campaign at the school last week. Noah was “thrilled” by the response from his fellow students, as he almost doubled his $800 goal, reports his mother Denise. He was assisted in the initiative by educational assistant Jennifer Plager.

He was the obvious choice to tackle the topic as he lives with autism— Jennifer Plager, teacher

The campaign was prompted by the Who’s Nobody doll project. Noah turned a nobody doll into a ‘somebody’ with his successful efforts to raise funds for and awareness about autism. He was the obvious choice to tackle the topic as he lives with autism. “Who better to take up the cause,” said his teacher.

Noah created his own ‘Together for Autism’ poster, left, to promote the fundraiser. He also gave a speech explaining the campaign each day on the school’s public address system. Then he went from class to class with his money jar collecting donations.

George Faour of Milano’s Pizza gave the campaign a big boost by promising a pizza lunch to the class that was the top fundraiser. Dairy Queen was also a supporter, providing ice cream for the runner-up class.

This article was published in the Arnprior Chronicle-Guide on May 27th 2010