Poetry Evening for Autism
The Autism Society of NC-Moore County (ASNC-Moore) presented an evening of poetry readings by local student poets and information about autism awareness on April 26, at the Mellow Mushroom, in Southern Pines.
April was National Poetry Month and Autism Awareness Month. This fundraiser-awareness event, "Uniquely You," was designed to celebrate the unique characteristics of poetry and the individuality of the autism spectrum. One hundred percent of the funds raised during this event are being used to benefit Moore County individuals diagnosed on the autism spectrum and their families.
Students from Sandhills Theater Arts Renaissance School (S.T.A.R.S.) in Vass and students from Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines volunteered to read poetry they wrote and/or poetry that intrigued them.
"The audience was impressed with the students' writing skills and the level of quality presentation each student used to deliver their poetry reading," says Charmain Reid, ASNC-Moore leader.
The evening began with relaxing jazz music from high school saxophonist Tyler Young.
Young attends Union Pines High School in Cameron. He volunteered to entertain the audience with a prepared jazz solo performance and did an outstanding job.
"What a talented young man," says Maryann Sarno, ASNC-Moore creator.
This event was open to the public with activities for families to enjoy, including a silent auction of donated items, face painting, coloring, coin toss games, a discussion and a skit about autism.
Mellow Mushroom owner Mark Dunahay remarked, "What a great turnout. I look forward to next year's program."
Autism affects one out of every 88 children. Fifty thousand North Carolina families are affected by autism. In Moore County, more than 700 families are affected.
"With the continued rise of individuals affected by autism, our efforts to better serve them must rise as well," says Reid.
ASNC-Moore's mission is to provide support and promote opportunities that enhance the lives of individuals within the autism spectrum and their families.
With monthly meetings and planned community activities, ASNC-Moore is committed to their mission.
For more information about The Autism Society of NC-Moore County, call Charmain Reid at (910) 574-8199 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find ASNC-Moore on Facebook at www.facebook. com/ASNCM.
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