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Local business raises thousands of dollars for autistic students

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Posted at 10:46 PM, Dec 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-23 00:46:50-05

OREM, Utah – Employees at Clear Horizons Academy in Orem are thankful for the season of giving after they received a generous donation that will help children with autism.

Carol Walker of the Clear Horizons Academy said Utah has a higher incidence of autism than most states.

"The numbers for autism nationally are one in 88,” Walker said. “In Utah, they're one in 47."

Those statistics are part of the reason Brent Brown Toyota decided to help raise funds for the academy. The project began last year, and this year the funds raised totaled four times more than last year’s efforts.

"By the time it was done, we had raised over $21,000 from our employees and then a matching contribution from Brent Brown,” said George Brown, of Brent Brown Toyota.

FOX 13 News’ Hope Woodside has more on this story, see the video above for her report.