Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, a Norwalk-based nonprofit that is a leader in helping children with learning and attention differences reach their full potential, announces its third annual Smart Walk for Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities on Sunday, October 3rd at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.
This fun and celebratory event will bring together families, friends, supporters and professionals while raising funds for the organization’s educational and youth mentoring programs, parent networking support, Countdown to Kindergarten pre-school literacy program, and extensive, award-winning digital resources for families.
Online registration is going on now, visit https://bit.ly/2UGuNIa to sign-up, starting at just $15, and kids under age five are free. Participants are encouraged to create their own fundraising page. All who register by August 9 will have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
The afternoon, which begins at 12pm, will celebrate the strengths and talents of young people with learning disabilities and ADHD, and empower parents and children while rejecting the stigma still attached to these issues. Robert Tudisco, a nationally known disability rights attorney with Barger & Gaines, author, and motivational speaker, will lead the opening ceremony. Tudisco will discuss the promising future these young people can look forward to, and the importance of their parents serving as their champions and advocates. There will be an inspirational talk by a student speaker and students from Norwalk’s Crystal Theatre, a performing arts program for young people, will perform.
Children attending the event will enjoy games, crafts, face painting, a photo booth, refreshments, and an ice-cream truck. Families, individuals and teams are invited to walk the 2-mile scenic route at their own pace. The Walk will take place rain or shine, and provides an opportunity for the members of a community that includes as many as one in five children, as well as adults and professionals to come together to celebrate these children’s potential. As one participant in the 2019 Walk commented, “It gave everyone touched by LD or ADHD such a sense of home and community.”
Registration for the Walk is just $15 per person, with a maximum of $50 per family, and includes a t-shirt in addition to one free ice cream for all kids aged 16 or younger. Families are welcome to sign up at https://bit.ly/2UGuNIa and to set up their own web page to invite support from friends and colleagues.
Photo credit: Rodolfo Sanches Carvalho