SALISBURY — Partners in Learning is bringing back the special needs of its members fashion showThis year, you can meet in person outdoors.
Just As I Am was virtual last year, but this year’s Sept. 14 program will bring people together again and at the freshly minted Bell Tower Green.
The nonprofit saw the opportunity to hold the event as a way to celebrate the completion of the park’s construction. showSafely and in a beautiful setting
“If it was indoors we would absolutely have canceled it,”Norma Honeycutt, executive director of PIL, stated.
Honeycutt noted that children with special requirements are more vulnerable to COVID-19, and that children younger than 12 cannot get vaccinated.
The showVolunteers will need to wear masks when working outdoors.
The models will use the park’s stage as a runway. Honeycutt said that the best part of the event is just being able spend an evening in the park. It gets better each year.
“This is a special year, and we’re doing it in the very center of our community,”Honeycutt stated.
Parents will be able walk with their children, so that they feel special for the evening.
Cassie Karriker, Early Intervention Director, stated that the show allows the community to learn more about kids and families with special needs and their daily struggles.
“It brings all of those things to light that many years ago used to not be talked about,”Karriker said. “I’m excited that I get to be part of an event that not only makes these families feel special, but also helps educate our community on how to be inclusive of all people.”
Amy Vestal, the development director, said that many children with special requirements thrive on routines. The pandemic disrupted these routines. The nonprofit has worked to ensure that children have access to services, and to meet their needs in the face of uncertainty. Funds raised at showAll benefits that PIL offers families, including scholarships for early education, will be provided.
The organization employs a family specialist, an early intervention specialist, and a behavioral specialist. All three began offering telehealth visits to families during the pandemic. PIL also offers home developmental therapy in 16 countries.
Vestal stated that the nonprofit also started mailing materials to families and set up pickup zones to make it easier for families to get the resources they need for their children during the pandemic.
The event will also be streamed live on YouTube and Facebook.
The showThis event is in memory of Jacob Usher (an alumnus who died in 2015).
You can make a donation by sending a check to 2386 Robin Road Salisbury, NC 28144 by visiting epartnersinlearning.org. Tickets for the event can also purchased at epartnersinlearning.org Website.