About Us

For over ten years, our Board of Directors and staff members were involved in a multi-million dollar educational and skills-training center in Dallas that worked with over twelve hundred Youth At Risk.  By moving from the city to the country, these individuals recognized a need in the Northeast Texas area and set up a non-profit organization for special needs children called "Celebrate the Children".  Adopting the philosophy of "Involvement and Concern Causes Change", our mission is to send physically and mentally challenged children to day, weekend and summer outdoor camps.  These camps provide a much-needed respite for parents; it is an avenue to build social and recreational skills as well as enhance personal independence for the children.

Our current day camps are held just outside of Commerce, TX.  We serve children from Northeast Texas cities including Commerce, Greenville, Wolfe City, Sulphur Springs, and Rockwall, just to name a few.   The special needs of these children vary from Learning Disabilities, Downs Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Blindness, Deafness, Spina Bifida, and Mental Retardation.  The day camps are held on a 100+ acre farm and included activities such as learning to fish, exploring nature hay ride, campfire cookout, story time, horse back riding, camp crafts and introduction to farm animals.  The campers also experience presentations of the Hunt County Sheriff's "Beat the Heat Car" as well as the Commerce Fire Department's Fire Engine.

Board and Staff Members:
Kris Wright Executive Director/ President
Karen Wright Program Director/Vice-President 
Henry C. Wright Jr. - Board of Directors
Carl Teel - Board of Directors
Jay Garrett Board of Directors
David Peters  Board of Directors
Clarence Earley  Board of Directors

Kris Wright Executive Director/ President

Kris graduated from North Texas State University with a degree in Education.  For nine years, she served as Program Director for Texas Institute of Human Development.  She helped build the center from a start-up business to one with over 400 hiring companies. 

 

Karen Wright Program Director/Vice-President  

Karen graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce with a degree in Health and Business.  In addition to four years in the business community, Karen has volunteered as a peer tutor to special education classes, fundraising volunteer for United Way, and read aloud volunteer for elementary and secondary schools.  She has also spent a summer with the Fresh Air Fund in New York as the sports director and  counselor for the summer camping program designed for children with disabilities. 

 

 Jay Garrett Board of Directors  

Jay is a graduate from Southern Methodist University with a law degree.  He obtained his undergraduate from East Texas State University.  He is the former City Attorney for the city of Greenville, TX.  Jay is presently in private practice. 

 

 David Peters  Board of Directors

David graduated from Southern Methodist University where he remains a professor at the University in spare time.  He is currently in private practice as a CPA in Dallas.    

 

Clarence Earley  Board of Directors

Clarence is a graduate of DeVry University.  With over twenty-five years in the industry, he is currently a computer consultant in Dallas for Ionex Corporation. 

 

Henry C. Wright Jr. - Board of Directors

Henry is a Business graduate of East Texas State University.  For eight years, he served as Executive Director of Texas Institute of Human Development, a multi-million dollar educational and training center for Dallas Youth at Risk.  Directed by the Job Training Partnership Act, this center served over 1,200 youth.  Texas Institute of Human Development led the State of Texas with the highest successful completion rate and an average of eighty-five percent (85%) job placement rate. 

 

Carl Teel - Board of Directors

Carl is a graduate of Dallas Christian Church and has a master's Degree from Texas A&M University.  Carl is an ordained minister and is presently a County Commissioner.  For five years, he served as Educational Director for Texas Institute of Human Development, an educational and training center for Dallas youth at risk. 

   

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