CSU, Chico News

Autism Camp Receives Support From Business

Date: 07-14-2014

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

A California State University, Chico summer camp to aid autistic teens and adults through the arts is receiving unexpected funding from a prominent area business.

Professor Rebecca Lytle, adapted physical education program coordinator, found out last week that Cleanrite-Buildrite was donating $15,000 raised at its annual fundraising golf tournament for the Freedom in Elements Program, which starts today, July 14.

A check for the amount will be presented to Lytle at the culmination of the program Wednesday, July 16, at noon in Yolo Hall 112.

Lytle said the funds will pay for scholarships and operating expenses for the camp, which will introduce music, arts and theater to 11 local residents with autism.

“For many of them, school settings don’t include much exposure to the arts,” said Lytle. “We work with them as individuals and help them find their strengths. They think, ‘I can do this.’ It’s a great experience for them.”

Three program facilitators in the arts will invite the campers to write poetry, take part in a play or use various art materials. The participants will show family members what they have created at the end of the program.

Attending the check presentation for Cleanrite-Buildrite will be Jill Cooper, senior business development representative of the Chico Division; DeAnn Marinello, business development representative; and Dustin Bates, marketing coordinator.

Cooper said Cleanrite-Buildrite’s fundraising golf tourney has supported many worthy causes and nonprofits over the years, including area fire departments, the Boys and Girls Club and the Butte Humane Society.

“Cleanrite-Buildrite has responded to the needs of the community in emergencies and to those in need for 54 years; we are committed to continuing for years to come,” Cooper said.

The Freedom in Elements camp is one of several summer programs hosted by CSU, Chico’s Autism Clinic. The clinic is part of the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Communication and Education at CSU, Chico.