EVENTS

Jul 24, 2018

University of Tampa

Character Ed Conference

Educator and author  Kevin Howard enjoyed presenting at the 4th Annual FloridaCharacter.org Education Conference held in Tampa Florida. He had the opportunity share his ideas about the importance of including Relationship and Social  Learning in the school experience. Also, he had the great pleasure of sharing his children’s book series “The Kooky Adventures of My Friend Kookabuk” with everyone in attendance. Kevin was so thankful to the Florida Character Education Board Members for the opportunity to be a part of this  wonderful conference.

May 18, 2018

Focus Academy Charter School Tampa, FL.

Focus Academy Check Presentation 2018

Kookabuk creator/author Kevin Howard and his friends from Benito Middle School presented Focus Academy with a check in the amount of $1,751.  The money raised came from Kookabuk book and t-shirt sales, as well as donations Kooky collected during the entire month of April. However, the biggest contribution came from the 2nd Annual “It’s Kool to be Kooky” Autism Awareness fundraiser. This year’s event was a basketball game between Benito Middle School faculty and student basketball players. The event was spearheaded by 2 of Benito’s finest National Junior Honor Society students, Alexis and Julia; and organized by Asst. Principal Andy Alwood. The game was great fun and featured some of Kookabuk’s close friends including Florida favorite Teddy Dupay and NBA legend Rod Strickland. Focus Academy is an outstanding school that serves exceptional students who do exceptional work everyday.  We were so happy to present this donation to the staff in front of all the students.  And, they were very happy to receive it.... just checkout all the hugging

Benito Middle School Gym Tampa, FL.

Benito Middle School Presents "It's Kool to be Kooky" Kookabuk Autism Awarness Day 2018

Many thanks to everyone involved to help make the 2nd Annual “It’s Kool to be Kooky” Kookabuk Autism Awareness Event a GREAT success. This year’s event was a basketball game between Benito Middle School faculty and student basketball players. The event was spearheaded by 2 of Benito’s finest National Junior Honor Society students, Alexis and Julia; and organized by Asst. Principal Andy Alwood. The game was great fun and featured some of Kookabuk’s close friends including NBA Legend Rod Strickland,  Florida favorite Teddy Dupay, International Allstar Antoine Broxsie, and our very own Tampa City Councilman Luis Viera.

Dec 08, 2017

Focus Academy Charter School Tampa, FL.

Focus Academy 2017 Holiday Performance

Getting a diagnosis of autism wasn’t the end of the world, it was just the doorway to his. My son was basically nonverbal until he was 7 years old. He’s now 16. No matter how slow his progress seemed, it was still progress. For everyone reading this, it does add-up over time. Here’s proof. Never lose hope, never quit and never-ever give up on a Friend.

 

Seth Howard, a sophomore at Focus Academy, delivers a very special performance of Randy Newman’s smash hit, You’ve Got a Friend in Me. Focus Academy is a charter school for Autism Spectrum Disorder/Special Needs students located in Tampa Florida. Seth is not only a GREAT friend, he’s also the inspiration behind the new children’s book series, The Kooky Adventures of My Friend Kookabuk. 

Jun 11, 2017

We Rock the Spectrum: Brandon, FL

Diversity Action Coalition Fundraising Event

The Kooky Adventures of My Friend Kookabuk author Kevin Howard had a wonderful day at We Rock the Spectrum (WRS) in Brandon Florida.  WRS is a full inclusion gym filled with sensory friendly equipment so neurotypical and ASD/Special Needs children can play together in an environment that supports them both. Kevin read Kookabuk Shares His Shovel to the delight of many children and then had fun playing with them on all the kool equipment in the gym. A fun time had by all.  Thank you to Diversity Action Coalition for sponsoring such a GREAT event!

May 10, 2017

Focus Academy Charter School Tampa, FL.

Focus Academy Check Presentation

In support  of Autism Awareness month, The Kooky Adventures of My Friend Kookabuk, Youth Basketball League (YBL) Florida, and Balkman Elite hosted the 1st Annual "It's Kool to be Kooky" Kookabuk Autism Awareness Day. The event was held on April 30th 2017 and included: basketball games for all age groups, special guest speakers, raffle prize giveaways, and loads of special activities. The event wasn't all about raising money, but also dedicated to raising Awareness, Understanding, Acceptance, and to provide help to children and families touched by Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Kevin Howard, creator/co-author of "The Kooky Adventures of My Friend Kookabuk", along with YBL Commissioner Antwon Gildon, and NBA Great Renaldo Balkman presented a check in the amount of $1,301 to the Focus Academy, a Charter High School educating Autism/Special Needs students located in Tampa, Florida.

Benito Middle School Gym Tampa, FL.

YBL Presents "It's Kool to be Kooky" Kookabuk Autism Awarness Day 2017

In support  of Autism Awareness month, YBL Florida will be hosting the 1st official Kookabuk Autism Awareness Day.  Help YBL on Sunday April 30th at Benito Middle School raise Awareness, Understanding, and Acceptance for those touched by Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The event will include: basketball games for all age groups, special guest speakers, raffle prize giveaways, and loads of special activities throughout the day.   The event is from 12:00 to 6:00 pm.  If you would like to help by donating, volunteering, or just spreading the word please contact us by phone at 813-404-9397 or by email at info@yblflorida.com . Proceeds from this event will help support a local ASD/Special Needs High School.

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