Concert to Benefit Baron Academy
A chance encounter, an introduction, and a handshake at a local restaurant brought Kristine Erice, Founder of the Exceptional Academy for Differently-Abled Learners, and Jeremiah Baron, President, and CEO of Jeremiah Baron & Co. Commercial Real Estate, LLC. into a partnership of possibilities for children on the autism spectrum.
In January 2020, Erice opened the Exceptional Academy in St. Lucie West. The private school was born out of frustration with the lack of choices in learning facilities dedicated to teaching children, like her son Dylan, diagnosed with autism.
“We knew from the very beginning that we needed to expand,” said Erice. “We had a waitlist for our school before we even opened our doors.”
The prospect of expansion appeared grim, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused the cancellation of several fundraising events.
Enter Jeremiah Baron, who turns out to be a fellow autism parent. A conversation and a few text messages gave birth to the Baron Academy, located at 8556 Commerce Centre Dr. in Port St. Lucie. Erice will run the new, larger school that can serve nearly four times the amount of students as the current facility.
The recently held Concert and Cocktails event, sponsored by Baron Real Estate, A/C Now, Renegade Signs, LLC., Guardians for New Futures, Once Upon a Child, Bonner Mobile Bar, Collaborative Behavior Group, and AAPEX Electric Inc., raised funds for a playground for the new school. Music by the Catfish Hunter Band, raffles, a 50/50, and a cash bar provided an afternoon of fun and philanthropy!
“Our students need a place to play and burn off energy,” said Erice. “The playground allows them to learn social skills and demonstrates how their bodies can react to different heights and speeds. It also helps the children learn how to handle various kinds of inputs and sensory integration.”
The Baron Academy is currently enrolling students in grades K-8 for the 2021-2022 school year.
For more information, please email Kristine Erice at KErice@ExceptionalAcedemyPSL.com