For the sake of the children!

A group of parents of children with special needs are holding a candlelight vigil Friday on the lawn of the Historic County Building.

From 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the group will hold signs at the County Building. Entertainment will begin at 5:30 p.m. At 6 p.m., speakers will present their messages.

The “For the Sake of the Children” vigil is intended to bring awareness and to educate the public about the parents who are concerned and are willing to dedicate their time and patience to their children so they will become functional citizens in the community, not institutionalized, said a written statement from the group.

The group will provide information about children’s educational rights, in particular, a bill moving through the U.S. Senate that will reauthorize I.D.E.A., or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

There will also be an activity area for the children during the event. Guest speakers include Autism Society of Hawai’i President Naomi Grossman and Kauai Community Children’s Council Professional Co-chair Linda Nuland-Ames. Also, Mayor Bryan Baptiste and Rep. Mina Morita are scheduled to be in attendance.

The event is sponsored by the Kauai Community Children’s Council, Aloha Church, County of Kauai and Kauai Parents Support Group.

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