$150,000 to programs for students with autism from VFW Post 4066
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Shelby Post #4066 has made it their mission to help students with autism by supporting the SAIL (Social and Academic Instruction for Life) program with Cleveland County Schools. This year, the VFW contribution of $50,000 brought the total to a little over $150,000.
These funds were raised through a variety of fundraising events including annual golf tournaments, barbecue dinners, auctions, poker runs, raffles, yard sales, and private donations.
“The dedication and commitment to serving the children of this community, which the men and women of the Shelby VFW Post 4066 have shown through their fundraising efforts, is a testimony to their desire to make the world a better place,” said Dr. Nellie Aspel, director exceptional children.
Over the years, the contributions have funded summer camp scholarships, specialized curricular materials, technology, college scholarships, staff training and parent events.
“I am always inspired when I have the privilege of talking with them about their plans,” added Aspel. “Their passion and enthusiasm for raising awareness about Autism have certainly made a difference in our community.”
The check was presented on June 6th to a group of students, staff, parents and community members where the students gave poems and cards to the members of the VFW to show their appreciation.