By Trishna Buch
With the summer holidays in full swing parents, grandparents and guardians all around Galveston County are probably looking for ways to entertain the county’s youngest residents. Of course the park, swimming pool, movie theater or shopping mall are all great locations to spend your time, but there are so many other exciting activities and events taking place this summer—around the county—that I recommend you consider going to!
One of these events is the Kyle Academy For Autism Crawfish Festival, which is taking place on Saturday for the second year in a row. During the festival, attendees will not only be able to enjoy some delicious crawfish, they will also be able to take part in silent auctions and raffles, purchase items from various vendors, and enjoy live entertainment and endless food and drinks.
And there will be activities for the kids as well, so be sure to make it a family affair! Along with enjoying the food, drinks and entertainment on offer; the children will also be able to enjoy the kidzone—a wonderful area filled with face painting and all the carnival rides they can imagine! What a perfect end-of-the-week treat, and the best way to get them outside!
Of course, we cannot forget the reason for the festival. Saturday’s crawfish festival is to benefit the Kyle Academy For Autism; a homeschool academy for special needs children that is based out of Pasedena. According to the academy’s website, it “is a non-profit Christian Homeschool Academy for children ages four to eight on the autism spectrum”.
The academy is beneficial for special needs children because they are able to learn at their own pace and are given ample individualized instruction thanks to the low student-teacher ratio the academy provides. The school also increases the amount of support its students receive, by inviting therapists into the classroom.
And the academy is named for Deacon Kyle—the son of its founder and executive director, Jaclyn Scott. Scott had the idea to start the academy after Deacon, who is autistic, aged out of therapy and she decided she wanted a learning environment that met his needs. According to the website, the aim was to have a location that “encourages fun, curriculum that challenges, and an environment that allows our kiddos to feel safe, accepted and loved.”
“Our school was created to give families another option for educating their special needs child”, Scott said.
“The crawfish festival is our large fundraiser for the year and 100 per cent of the proceeds go directly to our school to help keep the tuition costs low for families and help support extra programs like weekly music lessons and monthly field trips.”
So there you have it! You will be able to enjoy a day out, while knowing you are doing your part who help the people that need it most! Let’s just hope the weather holds up!
For more information about the Kyle Academy, visit their website at kyleacademy.com.