Fleetwood FBLA Partners with Superheroes for Autism

Posted on January 15, 2020 by

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Fleetwood students and FBLA members sophomore Nikki Kopycienski, senior Josh Kopycienski, and senior Megan Zimmerman are partnering with the non-profit organization Superheroes for Autism. 

Superheroes for Autism is an organization whose main focus is to spread awareness of autism. They offer support to Berks County families who are struggling with autism. 

The organization started as Team Marcos in 2012; however, in 2015, Fleetwood teacher Rebecca Heiser’s son was diagnosed, and the organization decided to expand. Heiser shortly became the vice president of the group. 

Nikki, Josh, and Megan started their partnership with the group this year as a community service project for FBLA. The Fleetwood FBLA chapter was one of the largest chapters in all of Pennsylvania and hopes to expand even more this year.

While FBLA has been working with them for only a year, the Kopycienski siblings have been working with Superheroes for Autism for a number of years. Josh Kopycienski worked with the organization for a while and introduced his sister Nikki Kopycienski to the group. 

Nikki, Josh, and Megan started their community service project at the end of last school year and knew Superheroes for Autism was a perfect match. The president of the organization worked with the Kopycienskis’ mother, and Heiser reached out to the students, looking to form a partnership. 

“Everyone there is just so nice and accepting,” Nikki said. “And the kids are the sweetest.”

The group wanted to use their project to create a safe place for the kids at Superheroes for Autism. So far, they have held dances, “fundays,” and trick-or-treating. They have many events planned for the future, such as meeting Santa, a holiday parade, and events to spread even more information on autism. 

The group has loved working with Superheroes for Autism.

“They’re just perfect,” Nikki said.

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