About 2017-06-29T02:27:42+00:00

Our Mission

All Aboard for Kids strives to foster in all children, through thoughtful and inventive activities, growth in cognitive ability, retention of academic progress, and enduring social bonds with peers.  Our organization promotes broad community support for the children and families who are impacted by autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.

Our Story

We are Mike and Lisa McCarty.  We have lived in the Ames area for over 20 years and have 5 children who currently attend Gilbert schools. Our youngest three children, Luke, Gabe, and Isaac, have each been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

We have found over the years that one of our most persistent frustrations has been finding enriching, fun, and engaging summer activities for our autistic children.  We founded All Aboard for Kids in 2016 with the intent of solving that problem not only for our own kids but for all the other families in similar situations in our community.

Our Board of Directors

  • Lisa McCarty – President
  • Christy Hardacre – Secretary
  • Michael McCarty – Treasurer
  • Destiny Lempiainen
  • Staci Edwards
  • James Hardacre
  • Kate Reynolds

Our Sponsors