Editor, Townsman:

Melmark New England, Andover's recent clothing drive held in conjunction with the Epilepsy Foundation was a great success. Thank you to everyone who participated in this effort to benefit Melmark New England. We had a terrific response from parents, staff and friends of the school. Our outreach to the greater Andover community also generated many donations. The donations filled an entire box truck – 2,691 pounds of clothes, shoes, handbags and other household cloth goods – and we will receive a $538 donation soon.

According to recent findings of the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated one in 68 children have an autism-spectrum disorder, including one in 42 boys. Melmark New England is a nonprofit, community-based educational organization dedicated to serving children and adults with autism-spectrum disorders, acquired brain injury, neuro-developmental disorders and severe challenging behaviors. Melmark students are provided personalized services in an environment of warmth, care and respect. The program utilizes the evidence-based principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. To learn more about Melmark New England, call 978-654-4371.

Ellen Kallman

Director of advancement

Melmark New England, Andover



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