CraftingEducation will host festival, fundraiser in Viera


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The CraftingEducation Academy will host a grand opening/fundraiser festival Sept. 21 and 22 to show off its new office space and to help raise money to purchase a shuttle bus.

Courtesy of CraftingEducation

One of the area’s best after-school programs is not just expanding, it also will be holding a grand opening festival and fundraiser this month to show off everything it has to offer.

CraftingEducation, a STEM non-profit charitable education Academy, is still located at 3270 Suntree Blvd. But it’s new office space has allowed it to triple in size to 1,500 square feet in Suite 1130B.

The grand opening festival will take place Sept. 21 and 22.

The event will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at the academy’s location. There will be food trucks and vendors in the parking lot, and visitors will get a chance to see the new office space.

Palm Bay Ford also will have a shuttle bus on display both days that the CraftingEducation Academy is hoping to purchase with the help of donations made at the fundraiser.

The festival will shift to the Viera Rec Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. There will be food trucks, bounce houses, face painting and a number of carnival-like games related to Minecraft and Roblox. A portion of each game ticket sold will go to the donation bucket with the goal  

of raising $25,000 to pay for the shuttle bus that would allow the academy to pick up students after school and bring them to its location.

Founded by then 12-year-old Slayde Kerner, the academy has attracted students from all over Brevard County and its summer camps have brought in kids from even as far away as Orlando.

“At first, I had no idea we were going to go this far into a business,” Kerner, now a 17-year-old Viera High student, said. “I thought it was just going to stay as after school forever, but it became much bigger than that.”

The CraftingEducation after-school program will begin Sept. 3 and run from 2:30 to
5 p.m.

There will be technical programs offered from MinecraftEdu to Roblox, Roblox coding, 3D printing, Photoshop, a new art program and digital design.

“We’re trying to give them an option of variety,” said Susan Sears, Kerner’s mother and CraftingEducation’s executive director. “The kids will have something different every day.”

The cost of the after-school program is $90 a week with a maximum of 25 students. For those who don’t want to do five days a week, there are other available options.

For more information, go to info@craftingeducation.com or call 321-926-4848.

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