Dancing the night away

Two seniors create fun-filled night for Special Education class

By Chandler Haas/ Yosemite High correspondentMarch 6, 2013 

More than 20 current and former students of Yosemite High School's special education class were treated to a Feb. 16 "Mardi Gras Dance" in the school cafeteria.

The students, members of Lori Blate's class enjoyed the dance that was made possible by Shane Smith and Stephanie Brown, who organized the event for their Senior Project.

"Everyone had a fun time dancing," Smith said. "It was a great experience for me to organize this dance with my friend Stephanie."

The two seniors spent more than 20 hours planning the event, setting up decorations and providing food, drinks and gifts for the students.

"I feel a fun time was had by all," Blate said after the dance. "It was a great senior project -- It is a great experience for the special education students to learn proper dance etiquette in a comfortable environment."

Also throughout the dance gift cards to various businesses were handed out to the students.

"The dance was really neat," said student Denby Whalley. "I got to dance with Mrs. Blate and some of the teacher assistants from school and there was free pizza."

Senior Projects are being held throughout the school year. A Senior Project Faire will be held at YHS in May. Rebecca Hardison, Senior Project adviser, is in need of community volunteers to assist with the faire and encourages those interested to attend a 6 p.m. meeting March 12 in her classroom on the Yosemite High campus.

Details: Rebecca Hardison, (559) 683-4667, ext. 418.

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