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Run walk at CHS Saturday in 5K fundraiser for autism outreach

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A Chesterton High School junior is inviting folks to run or walk at 8 a.m. Saturday in a 5K event at the CHS track to raise funds for autism outreach projects.

Natalie Petro has organized the event on behalf of MAAP, Making Advancements for the Autistic Population, established in Crown Point in 1984 with a focus on improving the lives of autistic persons and those who interact with them through education and awareness. The event costs $15 per participant, each of whom will receive a tee-shirt.

Sign-up will be at the track, via e-mail at, or by contacting MAAP Services at (219) 662-1311 or Robert Petro at (312) 623-6642.

Note: All participants must sign waivers at the track on Saturday. Those under 18 must have their parents sign waivers.

All proceeds will be used by MAAP to support events in Porter, Lake, and LaPorte counties. If you’re unable to participate but would still like to become a member or make a donation, google OASIS @ MAAP.

Natalie--whose mother, Cris Petro, a fourth-grade teacher at Bailly Elementary, has worked extensively with the autistic population--was recently named MAAP’s very first Director of Youth Activities. In particular Natalie is working on educating CHS students and developing a “buddy system” to educate students at the middle and elementary schools as well.

One of Natalie’s long-term goals is to see the program continue on for many years in Chesterton and she’s excited to see her brothers, eighth-grader Paul and fifth-grader John, already chipping in and posting flyers about town and in their schools.

If you know of any students who may benefit from MAAP’s services, or if you would be interested in being part of the buddy system, e-mail



Posted 5/15/2014