Students With Special Needs Taking to Runway To Model Fashions

Thirty-six students with special needs from The Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland – each with an accompanying “buddy” – will model the latest fashions at the “Hand in Hand: A Night on the Runway” benefit from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Morgan’s Wonderland Event Center, 5223 David Edwards Drive.

The Academy serves students with special needs ages 12 through 24 and prepares them for life and work.  Models from The Academy student body will be partnered with “buddy” students from TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas.

“The fashion show participants will walk hand in hand down the runway and model beautiful clothes provided by Macy’s Department Store,” said Dr. Susan Bineham, The Academy’s head of school.  “Thus came the inspiration for the name of this fiesta of fashion, fun and friendship.”

The purpose of Hand in Hand is to raise funds for nonprofit The Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland, an innovative, nationally-accredited school for students with mild to moderate special needs.  Students receive a blend of academic, life skills and vocational instruction to help each one reach his or her maximum individual potential.

“It’s truly inspiring to see our students confidently take to the runway and model the latest spring outfits, much to the delight of their parents, family members and friends,” Dr. Bineham said. 

The evening’s festivities, coordinated by The Academy’s Parents Teachers Friends and Others (PTFO) support organization, will include a light meal.   Individual tickets for the dressy-casual event are priced at $75 apiece, and tables of 10 can be reserved beginning at $1,000.  Dr. Bineham said ticket, table and sponsorship information is available at

TMI in San Antonio is the flagship private school of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas for students in grades 6 through 12.  Established in 1893, TMI is the oldest Episcopal Church-sponsored, college-prep school in the Southwest.  Visit for more information.