Participants crowded the dance floor at Morehead Recreation Center for HPU Student Council for Exceptional Children’s (SCEC) Special Populations Christmas Dance on Dec. 4.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 6, 2018 – High Point University’s Student Council for Exceptional Children’s Special Populations Christmas Dance welcomed about 100 participants and plenty of holiday spirit.
HPU’s SCEC, which consists of majors from across HPU who share a common interest in promoting awareness and providing support for individuals with disabilities, partnered with High Point Parks and Recreation to host the dance.
Nicole Hayes is a frequent visitor to HPU’s special populations dances around Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day.
“I like coming because I also cheer for HPU’s basketball teams,” said Hayes. “I like to play the games, it’s my favorite thing. I’m happy and joyful here.”
Caroline Hartley, an HPU special education senior was wearing reindeer antlers for Hayes to throw rings at to try to win a prize.
“It’s so much fun to interact with our visitors, and they’re so excited to be here,” said Hartley. “Working with people with special needs is a passion of mine. High Point was great to invite us inside the Morehead Recreation Center, and HPU is here to help. It’s so great to do this.”
Participants were able to enjoy crafts, dancing, a visit with Santa Claus and carols from HPU’s a cappella group, the Offbeats. Organizers say a lot of work goes into putting this together, but it’s worth it.
“It’s so rewarding to see the smiles on everyone’s faces and everybody coming together as a community,” said Kate Horne, SCEC’s special pops chair. “With the carols and Santa Claus, you can’t help but feel the Christmas spirit.”
The partnership will continue in February for the Special Populations Valentine’s Day Dance.