STEUBENVILLE – The School of Bright Promise is lending its support to a cure for autism by raising funds and participating in an upcoming event.

A team will join in the Autism Speaks Walk at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh on June 9 and organizers are also raising money for the cause. Teacher Ashlee Sias, who joined the staff this year, created Team Bright Promise after taking part at her previous school for seven years. Sias said it was a good way to support the community and particularly the students she and the School of Bright Promise help.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to start since I’ve done it in the past and it’s a good cause to find a cure.”

So far, the team has raised its $1,000 goal but Sias is increasing the amount since another fundraiser is under way with a staff-only benefit car wash set for May 21.

“The staff and kids will wash the cars and take and count the money,” she said. “It’s a fun way to raise money and its hands on. We’ve already raised our goal so I had to up it. It’s not over yet.”

She said 20 people were currently registered for Team Bright Promise including several preschool students and their families. The Autism Speaks Walk has drawn thousands of people and will also include fun children’s activities and characters such as Kenny the Kangaroo from Kennywood Park.

Community members may also join Team Bright Promise and meet at the school that day at 7:30 a.m. to travel to the event. Registration gets under way at 9 a.m. with opening ceremonies and the walk to follow at 10 a.m. Meanwhile, registration and donations are also being taken online at under the School of Bright Promise team page.