Boy With Autism Saves Classmate’s Life From Something He Learned to Do on Spongebob
Parents of kids at Barnes Intermediate School will never say that cartoons are harmful for their children. Not after Brandon Williams, a 13-year-old with autism, saved young Jessica Pellegrino, who choked on an apple piece. The boy himself claimed that he had learned the Heimlich maneuver from nothing less than SpongeBob SquarePants, a famous kid’s cartoon. According to Brandon’s father, children with autism have an immense capacity to absorb facts and notions from any source, and to recall them instantly in the most amazing circumstances.
Schools don’t just educate kids; they also feed them! Each year, the National School Lunch Program provides over 31 million low-income students with free or reduced-price lunch. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) improved the requirements for healthy lunch options, but with the budget per meal being increased by only six cents, there’s been a massive disconnect between public policy and the cost realities of healthy food.
You can help be a part of the solution by signing our petition advocating for an expansion of the USDA’s Farm to School Grant Program as a way to address budget shortfalls and promote eating local.