Special needs dance marks 17th year

GIRARD — An annual year-end event that lets special needs high school students from the tri-county area enjoy a night of celebrating is marking its 17th year.

The special needs Winterfest Dance is being planned for 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Mahoning Country Club, 710 E. Liberty St.

Jeanne Constantino, event coordinator and special needs teacher at East High School, said the dance provides an evening of music, fun and excitement for special students. She said the dance is open to all high school-aged students with multiple, orthopedic and / or developmental disabilities, and is chaperoned by staff, security and student helpers.

Constantino said the dance not only provides a time for fun but for socialization.

During the dance, a Snow Princess and Snow Prince will be crowned and a drawing will be held for the dance court with the names randomly drawn from each school’s tickets. Constantino said there will also be Santa Claus and his elves.

”We are excited that this dance continues to be an annual event,” she said.

Parents are only permitted between 4:30 to 5 p.m. and 8:15 and 8:30 p.m. so that the students can have the opportunity to interact with students from other school districts.

Constantino said the Mahoning Country Club can accommodate wheelchairs and walkers.

There is no cost to attend the dance but RSVP is needed by Friday at 330-740-4005, Ext. 4143.