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SYSK: Bake sale raises money for autism

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ELGIN (KWWL) -

Arrive early! That's the advice for an annual bake sale at Valley High School in Elgin.

Glenda Koehn started the sale 12 years ago.

"It started out with my mom, me and a friend Lavonne. Now I've got 15-20 bakers who help me," said Glenda Koehn.

Koehn loves to bake. Her speciality is home-made angel food cake. And with two of her three sons diagnosed with autism, she decided to put her baking to good use.

All the proceeds from the sale go to the Autism Society of Iowa.

"People are generous," said Koehn.

The sale is held the Saturday before Easter. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and most items are gone within an hour!

"Angel food cake from scratch, pies from scratch, rolls, buns, breads, bars, cookies, just about anything you would want," said Glenda Koehn.

In addition to baked goods, salads are now available and people stock up.

"I guess they know this is a good cause. The great support from the community is unbelievable," said Koehn.

Also unbelievable, Koehn's preparation. She spends weeks baking for the sale.

"It's pretty nice. Not a lot of people would want to devote the time and effort to raising money to autism, so it's good," said son Joe Koehn.

Glenda Koehn is also on the Autism Society of Iowa Board. She said early diagnosis is key, and she hopes this bake sale helps raise awareness.

"I have always said education is the key to understanding autism, and if I can help in anyway, help people understand a little better what autism is, just so they're a little more understanding of them," said Glenda Koehn.

The first bakes sale 12 years ago raised $500. This year's bake sale raised more than $4,300. Last year, Glenda Koehn also started a scholarship fund.

The scholarship is awarded to a senior at Valley High School planning to study special education or speech pathology.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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