GRANBY — A East Newton High School student who is severely autistic and is enrolled in Denise Stafford's entrepreneurship class has been busy with his business of doing laundry during the school year.

GRANBY — A East Newton High School student who is severely autistic and is enrolled in Denise Stafford's entrepreneurship class has been busy with his business of doing laundry during the school year.
Ryan Silva, a junior, - along with other students in the entrepreneurship class - had to come up with a small business.
"(Each student has to) run a small businesses, so this is one that Ryan has ran all year," said Stafford. "He collects laundry - mainly from early childhood the preschool that we have here, they bring their laundry here. He is in Mr. (Doug) Gripka's class, so he will do things for him, he washes table cloths, and then faculty has brought laundry for him to do. He got a new laundry machine at home, he doesn't like it, so he brings his laundry here and does it here every week."
Silva calls his business "Ryan's Laundromat," he charges $2 a load.
"I will wash the laundry, dry it and fold it," he said. "In the summer, I am going to be working at the Granby House doing laundry."
The money that he raises from doing laundry goes back into purchasing laundry soap and other items for his business.
Asked how impressed she is with Silva, Stafford said, "I love it, when I first had him in my class, I wasn't for sure how we were going to make things work, but he is such a great kid to work with that he is willing to try pretty much anything. He has already signed up for my class next year, because he wants to do it again. We have some new ideas for him to do. He has it all scheduled out, he knows that he washes clothes on Wednesdays and Fridays, he gets really disappointed if he doesn't have laundry to do. We just work together to work it out, because this is our first laundry mat."
Silva hopes to continue his business even after high school.
"I am going to Crowder College, get a two-year degree, then rebuild the laundry mat and make it all nice in (my hometown) in California," he said, as he was loading the washing machine.