On the lighter side, no pun intended.
The Pinnacle Schools recently helped sponsor a community Kite Festival at John Hunt Park in Huntsville, AL. Hosts of the inaugural event were the city of Huntsville and AshaKiran, a non-profit agency that works to create a harmonious community and provide to those in need. Hundreds attended the free event and joined 50 diverse organizations from throughout the city to promote awareness of social issues, cultural diversity and inclusiveness for a just world. The theme, “Soar for Social Justice,” was by all accounts a success from the breezy weather, the exhibitors, the public turnout and of course the colorful kites filling the beautiful blue sky.
Attendees included students from The Pinnacle Schools RAISE Program in Huntsville, staff and student residents of the Elk River Treatment Program in north Alabama. “The students seemed to really enjoy the event and were very helpful at our booth,” said Kathy DeMellier, Director of Admissions at The Pinnacle Schools. Many who attended either brought their own kites or bought them at the festival, decorated them and learned to keep them aloft with the assistance of more experienced kite flyers.
The Pinnacle Schools was joined by other festival sponsors including the National Children’s Advocacy Center, Interfaith Mission Service, Leadership Huntsville, Mental Health Center of Madison County, Hindu Cultural Center of North Alabama, Huntsville Islamic Center, United Way, NAACP, GLBT Advocacy and Youth Services, UAH, Oakwood University, Alabama A&M University and Huntsville City Schools as well as many others.
Festival organizers were pleased with the turnout and intend for the event to be first of many.
To learn more about AshaKiran, meaning a ray of hope, visit their website at www.ashakiranonline.org.