HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 11, 2015 – With their dancing shoes on and huge grins on their faces, individuals with disabilities from the community enjoyed a Holiday Dance at the Morehead Recreation Center on Dec. 8 organized by High Point University’s Student Council for Exception Children (CEC).
Dancing, crafts and food were just a few things that the group enjoyed along with High Point Parks and Recreation and Wheatmore High School students, who co-hosted the event with HPU. Each participant with disabilities also took home a blanket and hand-crafted ornament from the event.
“I have so much fun coming to these parties and spending time with HPU students,” said Leesa Dabbs, HPU cafeteria worker who attended the event. “They are always so nice, sweet and caring. I love seeing them and spending time with them.”
“It is everything to see smiles on their faces because of this party that we put on for them,” said Christina Honeycutt, HPU student and organizer of the event. “This makes them feel important and respected for the individuals that they are. I love giving them something to help them feel accepted and appreciated.”
This is not the first time that the CEC has hosted these events. For the past six years, the organization has put on numerous parties for individuals in the community with disabilities for various holidays such as Valentine’s Day and Halloween.
“There are people that see individuals with disabilities differently,” said Tyler Craen, senior at Wheatmore High School. “They are just like us and deserve to have the same love and attention as any other person. It is fun to make them smile and bring joy to their lives.”