The Greenwood-Leflore Autism Spectrum Society (GLASS) will hold its annual Autism Awareness Celebration on Saturday at the Leflore County Agri-Center.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and activities will include food, games for children and adults, community booths, entertainment, T-shirts, door prizes, a legislative update by state Sen. David Jordan and a walk.

The opening ceremony will feature a greeting by Ashley Griffin, the 2018 Miss Black Mississippi.

Entertainment will include Sycamore Street Church of Christ Choir, New Zion Missionary Baptist Church’s Men of Zion, Jennings Temple Missionary Baptist Church’ praise team and DJ Marvin Miller.

A silent auction featuring items donated by local businesses will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The festivities will end with an awards ceremony and acknowledgements

The walk serves as a fundraiser for GLASS. The cost is $10 per adult 18 years of age and older. Children walk for free.

“It is also an initiative to encourage healthy lifestyles in our community,” said Kassie Carter, a member of GLASS.

Parents are encouraged to walk at least a mile with their children.

Registration for the walk is on-site the day of the event.

Carter said GLASS encourages all civic and social groups, fraternities, sororities, churches and youth groups to form a team and participate.

Proceeds from the walk are used to fund GLASS activities, such as professional workshops, meetings, autism awareness events and scholarships for local high school graduates who have been diagnosed with a disability and plan to further their education beyond high school.

GLASS is a local non-profit autism support group that aims to improve the life of individuals and families affected by autism in the community.

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