Students throw bash for special needs kids
STEPHENS CITY — Frederick County students paired with local special needs children on Thursday for a holiday party.
On Thursday night, students involved with the DECA club at Sherando High School hosted the event with the Arc of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
Arc serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as their families. It is located at 119 Youth Development Court.
“They’re just having a great time running around,” said Deborah Carper, DECA adviser. “This gives them the opportunity to play with other kids and sorta be outside their normal environment.”
Activities included coloring, puzzles, balloon games and music stations. Santa also made an appearance, which delighted the children.
Last year, Sherando’s DECA did a project with Arc on autism. This year, Arc officials contacted the school to say they were interested in doing another function. That’s when the holiday party was born.
About 15 to 20 Arc children turned up at this year’s event.
“It’s just really cool because we can interact with them on a level they don’t usually react on,” said senior McKenna Kendrick, who added that they got to meet “cool kids.”
DECA teaches leadership and marketing skills.
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