Event helps tech charity light up the future for students


Slayde Kerner founded CraftingEducation when he was 14.

The nonprofit CraftingEducation Academy will host its second annual gala at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at Heritage Isle Ballroom in west Viera, called Lighting Up the Future.

The Suntree/Viera charity provides children the opportunity to learn various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs, technology, leadership skills and social skills. Classes and camps are offered at the Suntree location, with shuttle transportation from area schools that do not host CraftingEducation after-school programs.

“This is our future, help us light it up,” said Viera High sophomore Slayde Kerner, the tech-savvy teen who launched the business at age 14 with the help of his mother, Susan Sears. 

The gala will feature a performance by Marty Mercado and the Muscle Memory Dance Group in a “lights out” event to “Light UP" the future.

Admission is $75, with group rates and sponsor tables available. For tickets, call 321-576-0274.

For more information on the nonprofit, go to CraftingEducation.com.