Voyager and Navigator programs donate to Island Autism Group

The Island Autism Group received two donation checks from the Navigator and Voyager classes at the MVRHS. — Courtesy Island Autism Group

The Island Autism Group accepted a check from Purple Paws and the Coffee Clipper, two projects in the Martha’s Vineyard High School Voyager and Navigator programs, in the amount of $1,500 from Purple Paws and $200 from the Coffee Clipper. The money will go directly to the Island Autism scholarship fund, enabling Island kids to attend programming this summer.

This summer, IAG is providing programming through Rick Bausman’s Rhythm of Life drumming, sailing with SailMV, horseback riding at Misty Meadows, aerial yoga with Jen Delorenzo, swimming at the YMCA, bowling at the Barn Bowl & Bistro, and more, including Field Trip Fridays where the group rides off on Island adventures in “Moby,” the IAG’s new van that was made possible by MV Bank, Cape Cod 5, the Martha’s Vineyard Community Foundation, Scott Quealy, Town M.V., and others in the community.

“We will find cool places to explore and visit,” says IAG executive director Kate DeVane in a press release. “Martha’s Vineyard Museum, we are coming for you!”

While the summer program is going on, the older members are mixing their camp fun with summer jobs with the help from the STEP program at M.V. Community Services and their community partners.

Drawings for the main IAG farmhouse on their new West Tisbury site are almost complete, and the Island Autism Center build is about to begin, the press release says.

For more information and to learn how to sponsor a camper or contribute to the Island Autism Center, visit