On Tuesday June 5th, Mayor Eugene W. Grant will once again hand out a generous award on behalf of the City of Seat Pleasant: A City of Excellence to the City’s pride and joy, Seat Pleasant Elementary School. This year however, there is an expected increase in enrollment of students with an Autism Spectrum Disorders for the coming fall semester, bringing the overall number of students living with Autism at Seat Pleasant Elementary to about 75. Mayor Grant and the City Council Members have shifted their budget to double the contribution made last year of $5,000 to a $10,000 award.
“The 1st Annual Embrace Autism! Event<http://www.gazette.net/article/20120414/NEWS/704149990/0/gazette&template=gazette> in April is still being talked about because it was the first of its kind in our county, pointing to the growing numbers in our population coupled with how shockingly little we know about Autism. This is exactly why we as a City decided to take a vested interest in our children’s future, today.” Stated Mayor Grant who added; “The most important thing to remember here is Principal Olga Pabon and Former Principal Dr. Kasandra Lassiter’s faculty and staff at Seat Pleasant Elementary School do such an extraordinary and spectacular job growing the young minds of our children and preparing them for life. As elected leaders, we must stand beside our local schools with not just words or events, but financial backing. I know this donation will be used for all the right reasons and it feels good to invest in our future.”