The Structured Teaching Class at Van Alstyne Middle School was recently the recipient of a grant from Hunter’s Autism Specials, a nonprofit organization focused on assisting families, individuals and groups with autism and special needs. The class was awarded two adult-sized tricycles for the students to utilize and ride.


STC teacher Stephanie Fernandez applied for the grant and had students in the class write letters expressing how much they could benefit from the tricycles.


“The students had no idea we won,” Fernandez said.


Chad Kleis from Hunter’s Autism Specials came to present the bicycles, while Principal Ryan Coleman and Assistant Principal Kelly Moore rode the bicycles out on stage for the big reveal.


Kleis started Hunter’s Autism Specials shortly after his son was diagnosed with autism, and hopes to use the nonprofit organization to make a difference by providing support and programs for special needs individuals. Classic BMW helped provide the tricycles that were donated.


The class hopes to be able to get a lot of use out of the new additions to their classroom.