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16 Annual Read to Me Tea

Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 12:30 PM - 1:30 AM

Local families, school principals, and lawmakers will come together this May to celebrate the artistic accomplishments of West Michigan children with developmental disabilities and delays. Each year, over 100 children enter their coloring contest in order to win prizes of books and notecards created with their art. For parents, there is another draw — the ability to talk to lawmakers to advocate for their family’s needs.

Hosted and presented yearly by Comprehensive Therapy Center, this fun event is part of a commitment to ensure all children feel proud of their accomplishments, and to break down the barriers between Michigan representatives and their constituencies. “We want to make sure the parents of some of our most vulnerable students have an opportunity to talk to the people who make laws about special education on their behalf, and that legislators can connect in a celebratory environment,” said Summer Wright, Interim Executive Director of CTC.

During the event, Grand Rapids Mayor Bliss will host an awards ceremony, and legislators will read short stories aloud to special needs students from over a dozen public and charter schools. Traditionally done in-person, this year’s May 5th event, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, will be entirely virtual.

Past events have featured City Commissioners Milinda Ysasi and Kurt Reppart, State Representatives Lynn Afendoulis, Rachel Hood, and Tommy Brann, US Senator Debbie Stabenow, and US Representative Bill Huizenga, and former Grand Rapids Mayor Heartwell.

Comprehensive Therapy Center offers the West Michigan community speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, sensory integration, and dance/movement therapy. Accredited by CARF, their mission is to provide therapeutic and advisory programs to individuals through skill building, academic enhancement, and social and emotional support. Comprehensive Therapy Center helps people walk, talk, learn and play. Visit them on the web at

2015 Read to Me Tea, Featuring then Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell

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