Student Activities

  •  The activities listed below are not sponsored by Tyler ISD


    A Sanctuary for Families Facing Autism
    Come as a family to relax, reconnect, explore nature and build fond memories among the rolling hills and towering pines of East Texas. Elijah's Retreat is a place where all children can come to be themselves. The entire family can enjoy the quiet, peaceful setting with no schedule to keep and with lots of opportunities to build memories.
    Each family will stay in their own two-bedroom cabin with a full kitchen and laundry room. The cabins are built among towering pine and oak trees overlooking pastures with horses, donkeys, miniature cows and goats.  
    Reserve a cabin TODAY with a $30 non-refundable reservation fee!  The cabins are $30 a day which is due at check-in.  Elijah’s Retreat keeps the cost low by not charging a cleaning fee with the expectation that you will clean the cabin before departure to ensure it is ready for the next family.
    Elijah’s Retreat
    257 CR 3110
    Jacksonville, Texas 75766

    East Texas Center for Independent Living (ETCIL) Summer Activities Calendar
    Click here to see the calendar of events: ETCIL summer Activities
    For more information call: (903) 581-7542 or

    For information on local and state-wide camps for individuals with disabilities click Here

    Funlovers’ Dances
    A time for fun, dancing and relaxation for consumers and caregivers.
    @ Rose Garden Center for ages 16-75+++
    6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
    August 23  Fun in the Sun
              October 25 
              December 6
         Holiday Fun

    Please do not arrive before 6:15 p.m. as they are trying to finish decorating and please arrive to pick up by 8:30 p.m. promptly. 
    $1 donation requested.

    For more information, call 903-597-0995

    Special Needs Movie Screenings
    @ Studio Movie Grill, 8954 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler
    Monthly Screenings for families raising children with special needs are shown with the lights up and the volume lowered and children are free to move around, talk, or even dance in the aisles during the movie.

    FREE for children with special needs and their siblings. Adult tickets are available at before-noon price. There are no advance ticket sales. Parental guidance is always suggested.  Special Needs Screenings are shown at 11:00am
    For movie titles and dates, go to: 
    or call 903-508-6991

    Arc Performing Artists – The Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Company
    A collaboration with Grace Community High School Theater Department to give students with special needs the opportunity to explore and be challenged with the art of theater and possibly, in the future, other fine arts.
    Grace Community High School, Burgess Auditorium
    Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5:15 pm
    For children ages 4-21 with intellectual or developmental disabilities.  The children MUST be pre-registered.

    Cost: $25
    Call the Arc for more information – 903-597-0995.

    Gym Dandies
    An encouraging walking program for those that strive for better health.
    At Green Acres Baptist Church Family Life Center (corner of Troup Hwy and Dulse Street in Tyler)
    For Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their parents/caregiver/staff who are able to walk on an indoor track.
    Every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Special Nights: Every Thursday during Special Olympics Bowling from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Cost:  $10 for an ID card (payable to Green Acres Baptist Church)

    Call the Arc for more information – 903-597-0995

    Camp Friendship
    A one-day respite camp for people with profound cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities, between the ages of 4 and 25, who need individual attention.
    Various Locations
    Ages 4-25
    Twice a year on a Saturday (Spring and Fall)
    Cost: $10
    Call the Arc for more information – 903-597-0995

     Camp Holiday
    A one day respite camp for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It’s purpose is to give parents and caregivers a break during the busy holiday season.
    Ages 3-21 (Preference is given to those still living at home with parents.)
    December each YEAR
    At the Boys and Girls Club
    There is No Charge
    Call the Arc for more information – 903-597-0995