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“To improve opportunities for growth and development of individuals diagnosed with autism, and provide support and guidance to the education system for special needs of children on the autism spectrum while advocating for individuals with autism in our community.”

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We were so proud to have given out 6 grant requests to local teachers at our annual fundraiser on August 21st at Rosina Vineyards in Redcrest.

Congratulations to Shayne Sines of Morris Elementary. Shayne was awarded an iPad Air, case and iTunes gift card. Shayne's passion is to give back to his community every day. He believes that personal connections and compassion are the way to form a trusting relationship with his students!

Congratulations to Laurel Matthews Stokes of Scotia School. Laurel was awarded an iPad Air, case and iTunes gift card. She feels that if she can make a student feel successful, cared about and proud of their achievements, then she is doing her job right.\

Congratulations to Berit Locatelli of Freshwater School. Berit received an iPad Air, case and iTunes gift card. Berit's passion is to allow for a child's voice to be heard. She believes that she has the ability to empower children to believe in themselves and use their voice or device to reach people.

Congratulations to Sarah Cory of Glen Paul/Special Beginnings. Sarah received an iPad Air, case and iTunes gift card. She has dedicated her life to working with children and is honored to be able to call herself a special educator. She is excited to use the iPad in her classroom for music and movement breaks.

Congratulations to Lacey Johnson of Washington School. Lacey was the recipient of her class wish list. Items included sensory items, color mixers, noise cancelling headphones and a weighted vest. Lacey says that her passion comes from students who struggle to find the joy in learning. In her classroom she makes a daily goal to present activities to her students that encourage independence and a love of learning.

Congratulations to Jenn Fowler of Eureka High School. She was the recipient of her class wish list. Items included books, sensory items and art supplies. Jenn loves the challenge of figuring out how to reach each individual child and to see their progress no matter how small or how long it took. She believes that each person has infinite potential!

We are so very blessed to have these educators in our community!

(L-R: Shayne Sines, Laurel Stokes, Berit Locatelli, Sarah Cory, Clay Carver, FAAN education chair) Not shown: Lacey Johnson and Jenn Fowler.