Nanih Waiya student participates in 1st annual 5K Run/Walk for Autism

From staff and press reports

Adrianna Luke, an 8th grader at Nanih Waiya Attendance Center, recently participated in the 1st Annual 5K Run/Walk for Autism on May 19, 2012, at Bonita Lakes in Meridian, MS. She is the daughter of Betty Luke, of Noxapater, and Chuck and Linda Luke, or Porterville. The event was organized by TEAAM and the International Order of Kings Daughters and Sons Earnest Workers Circle. The walk was created in an effort to increase positive public awareness, acceptance, and inclusion of all individuals with Autism. Funds raised also help to sponsor Kamp Kaleidoscope, Mississippi’s only summer camp for children with Autism and TEAMM’s new program, ARAY (Adventures in Recreation for Autistic Youth).

Adrianna even had her own team created for the event. The team had a variety of members participating in the 2K Walk, including Betty Luke, Chuck and Linda Luke, Jessica Luke, Tyler Eaves, Carol Gilmore, Levi Weir, Donald Luke, and Angie White. All participants successfully finished the walk with Chuck Luke receiving a Master Walker award for his finishing time. Fair Elementary was represented on Adrianna’s team by Nikki Fulton, Chelsea Wade, and Jill Pearson, who participated in the 5K Run. For more information on the camp and the new program, visit or call 601-773-0090, or toll free in Mississippi at 1-866-993-2437. Thank you to all those who participated in such a worthy cause.