Believe I Can Academy (BICA) announces their grand opening with a mural dedication and celebrates staff awards in their local community.
Online PR News – 04-May-2022 – Tempe, AZ – Believe I Can Academy (BICA) and its Board of Directors will be holding a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting event with the Tempe Chamber of Commerce on Friday, May 13th at 1:00pm on our new campus at the vintage and newly embellished Wayne Smith Building.
During this celebration, we will be dedicating the “Believe and Achieve” mural on campus which was designed by the BICA students who chose to honor iconic influential individuals who paved the way for equality and disability awareness such as Helen Keller, John Lewis, Ruth B. Ginsburg, Albert Einstein, Mahatma Ghandi and Harriet Tubman. The mural is owned and painted by local artist Paige Reesor (http://www.paigereesor.com).
We will also be celebrating Sarah Davis’s nomination as one of the 48 Women, Arizona's Most Intriguing Women of the Decade. 48 Women is an Arizona Centennial Legacy initiative that every ten years recognizes Arizona women who are making a remarkable impact in their communities, often with little fanfare. Their accomplishments have transformed lives, built stronger communities, and shaped Arizona and the nation. Based in Scottsdale, 48 Arizona Women is a 10-year-old 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a major partner of the Arizona Historical Society (http://www.48women.org).
Lastly, we will be honoring BICA Co-Owner and Behavior/Life Skills Coach, Terrence Davis, and BICA students Cara Celano and David Jacobo. Mr. Davis won the Exceptional Educator Award along with Miss Celano and Mr. Jacobo winning Outstanding Youth Awards at the 33rd Annual Mayor’s Disability Awards 2022 (http://www.tempe.gov/DisabilityAwards) which was held on April 5th, 2022. Laura Belvado, a BICA Educator and DanceFIT Instructor, and Sarah Davis, BICA Owner/President, were also nominated.
BICA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that services the entire state of Arizona providing private tutoring, advocacy, independent living skills, social emotional learning, behavior management, workplace skills, camps and home-based success to special education students currently ranging in ages four to twenty-two years old. Our mission is to encourage and enrich the lives of individuals with different abilities by offering full-time services while engaging their families and communities. We strive to create an independent, safe, nurturing, positive, goal-oriented, and inclusive-based learning environment for students to grow; an individual’s learning potential is unlimited regardless of their ability. Our highest priority is for everyone to achieve success through continued support and individualized training. The foundation for success includes parents, siblings, teachers, therapists, friends, and surrounding communities. We collaborate with other non-profits in our community to support each other’s initiatives. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we continued to provide our services and remained open to support the essential workers in our Arizona state.