Sunday, June 3, 2012

Book Fundraiser for a New Autism Library

Jack Lund, 12, a child with Asperger's Syndrome, reads storytime at Barnes and Noble
Where could you find several ASRC families and volunteers on Saturday, June 2nd?  They were at Barnes and Nobles in Corpus Christi, promoting ASRC, educating customers about autism, and helping raise money for ASRC's planned Autism Library.

The fundraiser, organized by ASRC staff member Dorothy Cunningham, was also a great social gathering for ASRC families and the community.  Centered around a dog theme, Spot the Dog came to visit, including a reading of some Spot stories.  Kids were entranced by storytime throughout the day; volunteer readers included some Windsor Park 5th graders, as well as some children with autism.  This was a great opportunity for all of the readers to gain experience speaking in front of others and offering community service.  ASRC parents volunteered to help kids with crafts, pick out books, and sit at the information table.

ASRC enjoyed a long but fun day of spreading awareness and meeting the community.  Barnes and Noble will generously contribute a percentage of some of the book sales for the day.  Plans for the proceeds include opening a library for families with books geared towards autism and special needs.  The library will be housed at ASRC/Spectrum Counseling, and open to the public.  Thank you to all of our volunteers!