HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 17, 2021 – The holiday season kicked off in the High Point community with a special Christmas dance hosted by High Point University students and High Point Parks and Recreation’s ASPIRE (Adaptive Sports, Programs and Inclusive Recreation) unit.
The local community was invited for dancing, games and food on Dec. 7 at the Roy B. Culler, Jr. Senior Center, currently located inside High Point University’s Community Center space. Each year, HPU’s Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) organizes the holiday event. Activities included a dance, crafts, gifts and a visit from Santa Claus.
“Our Christmas dance was very successful with the help from our friends at HPU,” said Stephanie Hedgecock, local coordinator for the Special Olympics of High Point. “The participants had a great time socializing with their peers, the HPU volunteers, the grinch and Mr. and Mrs. Claus.”
The SCEC co-hosted another dance earlier this semester in October. Participants dressed up in Halloween costumes to dance the night away.
“I loved seeing all the participants dressed up for Christmas and dancing to Christmas music,” said Colleen Coppola, a special education major from Yonkers, New York. “This event is so special to give back at a time where people need it the most during the holiday season. This event is also so special because this dance celebrates all our hard work from the beginning of the semester. I am so proud of the executive council for pulling off two amazing dances!”
This event is a way for HPU students to connect with, develop friendships and support individuals in the High Point community. The SCEC consists of majors from across campus with a common interest in promoting awareness and providing support for individuals with disabilities. The student organization has hosted this event and others over the last 15 years.
The SCEC will host another dance this winter for Valentine’s Day.