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Another Year, Another Successful Sensory Santa!

Turtle Wing and And Then A New Day partnered up to create a fun, inclusive Santa experience for children with special needs. And Then A New Day staff and young adults organize the event by preparing the set up, carefully crafting sensory activities, and being team leaders throughout the day to make sure that everyone is comfortable and has everything they need to have their special visit with Santa.

Each student had time to take a group and individual photo (by Sandy Kusy and A Thousand Words Photography) with Santa (portrayed by Lew Edwards) in a tailored environment to accommodate the sensory needs of students. Visuals of the process were available, essential oils, a calm, quiet environment, and patient staff all helped make the event a success for students. After the students were finished with their Santa experience, they were able to participate in fun activities such as building a snowman, creating a sensory tree, coloring sheets, and more. Kids left with a sweet treat! 25 kids and 3 different life skill or special education groups attended the special event! See you next year! And Then is proud to host this event with the help of Turtle Wing's support and underwriting. To get your school or class placed on the email list for next year's event, please contact Erin at

Turtle Wing Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization which helps individuals with academic, social-emotional, behavioral and/or developmental needs. Their service area includes Colorado, Fayette, Lavaca and surrounding counties. Turtle Wing provides Early Intervention, Supplemental Services, and Community Education & Advocacy ro the rural area.

To make a donation, or for more information about the foundation, services, or to have a Turtle Wing representative come speak to your organization or group, please give us a call at 979-505-5090.

Keep up with all of the happenings at or through our Facebook page, @TurtleWingFoundation

And Then A New Day is a 5o1(c)(3) nonprofit in Schulenburg, TX. And Then's mission is to provide meaningful work, social, and life opportunities for young adults on the autism spectrum or that have learning challenges. We help young adults #discovertheirhappy and find the value in their special talents and abilities. And Then is available to individuals with learning challenges who are ages 15-40 and reside within the Colorado, Lavaca, and Fayette county area. To get involved in our services or to learn about how to donate to help us continue our mission, please contact Erin Wotipka at 979-966-7402.


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