Eyes Right Here

Eyes Right Here Grants
Posted on 01/23/2020
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Students on the Autism spectrum and their teachers in the Blue Springs School District are receiving helpful classroom grants due to a new non-profit named Eyes Right Here. Brianne and Brandon Henderson have students in the BSSD and they began Eyes Right Here to offer classroom grants to any educator who provides services to students with an Educational Autism diagnosis. Recipients may include special education teachers, speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists and counselors. The grants are provided through a partnership with the Blue Springs Education Foundation.

This fall, the Hendersons, along with the Education Foundation, visited five classrooms and awarded more than $1,000 in grant funding.

The Hendersons’ son Nicholas was diagnosed with Autism when he was three years old. Brianne said the key to his success began with early detection. “ I feel so strongly that kids need an early diagnosis so they can begin getting the help they need to thrive,” she said. “For us, that meant working with teachers, speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, etc. We quickly learned the generosity of these special educators. They are gracious with their time and resources to ensure their kids are safe, healthy and in the optimal learning environment.”

The Hendersons knew exactly where they wanted to help provide a grant for special education teachers.

“We started this non-profit because we want to ensure these special educators continue to have the resources necessary to succeed in their classrooms,” Brianne said. “We are a BSSD family and wanted to launch the non-profit locally.”

Eyes Right Here 2019 Grant Recipients

James Lewis Elementary
Tracy Roach, $242.46

Sunny Pointe Elementary
Melissa Caton, $223.75
Heather Speake, $250

Cordill-Mason Elementary
Anna Ramos, $234.24

Delta Woods Middle School
Diane Koeninger, $234.56