Piece by Piece Bethpage was at it again all month long raising awareness for Autism during the month of April in their community. This time they were having a lot of fun with a blue gnome pass game that 10-year-old Kate Clyne came up with along with her family to support Autism Speaks.
The blue gnomes that are part of Kate’s crew traveled all over Bethpage to different locations. Each day we were delighted to see how many people and businesses in the community shared their pictures in support of Autism by uploading pictures with the blue gnome along with the hashtag #piecebypiecepass. The blue gnome took a picture with the Bethpage FD for Junior Firefighter training, with a happy puppy, Ultimate Gym, and at NSD for Hip Hop Class just to name a few.
Her mother Jeanie told me, “Kate came up with the gnome game when we decided to not go Egging this year. We were at the Target dollar spot and she fell in love with the blue gnomes. So we bought as many as we could and then we figured out the game later. It is kinda of a cross between flat Stanley and egging. The idea was to generate enthusiasm and start conversations in a simple way about Autism.“
Kate even brought her Blue Gnome to the News 12 desk at the Long Island Children’s Museum. Watch her video below.
Kate is an inspirational child not just for spreading awareness for autism but, she is an excellent role model to others in the love she has for her younger sibling. Kate’s 8-year-old brother, Michael is on the autism spectrum and he is the reason Kate is so involved with spreading awareness. Kate always has her brother’s back and her love for him is evident in the beautiful pictures her mother shares on their Facebook page : Piece by Piece Bethpage.
Last April we chose Kate as our Shining Child of the month for her amazing efforts and being an outstanding advocate for her brother. This year we are very excited to announce that Kate Clyne will be honored at our Let ALL The Children Play in May event on May 22nd, 2016.