On Saturday, April 9, 80 families of children with autism enjoyed an amazing Family Festival courtesy of Brevard PALS. It was the perfect way to celebrate Autism Awareness Month. CIP Brevard students and staff were excited to support this event by volunteering a day of service.
Team CIP set-up stations for face painting, human-sized tic-tac-toe, lawn bowling, balloon games, and crafts. And, of course, their favorite CIP station was the water balloon toss that turned into an all out water balloon war at the end of the festival. Families also enjoyed dancing to a DJ, watching a robot demonstration, taking advantage of the cool lego play area, playing on the newly built Field of Dreams playground, bouncing in a bounce house and eating delicious food courtesy of event sponsors: Brevard PALS and the Puzzle Box Academy. Some children even won free bikes as part of the raffle giveaway. Families and volunteers were given the opportunity to take pictures using the Autism Awareness Puzzle Piece frame… definitely a fun picture opportunity!
“It was an honor to be part of such a special event to support our Brevard families who have been touched by autism. My favorite special touch was the fun, colorful, wacky headbands given out to all participants and volunteers. Congratulations to the many Brevard PAL volunteers who made this event so wonderful. I look forward to seeing this event grow in future years so that more Brevard families can take part in such a special day!” – Jennifer Kolarik, CIP Brevard Community Service Coordinator