Start with colorful Hawaiian decorations. Add a great DJ and delicious snacks. Mix in 45 high schoolers from Elim Christian School dressed in their best Hawaiian clothes. Throw in energetic Trinity Christian College special education majors…
Combined, these ingredients create a fun campus event, the Annual Hawaiian Dance hosted by Trinity’s Student Council for Exceptional Children.
At this unique event, held on Friday, February 22, students with severe disabilities spend an evening with Trinity peers, dancing and getting to know each other.
The parents of the Elim students are particularly grateful for this event put on for their children who have the chance to attend a dance with their nondisabled peers.
Special thanks go to the Student Council for Exceptional Children officers, especially Kristin Ipema ’12 of Tinley Park, Illinois, and Kaylee Wilson ’13 of New Lenox, Illinois, who put on a great event, enjoyed by all.
“Events like the Hawaiian dance allow Trinity students to welcome and embrace diversity on our campus,” said Ipema. “This is also a great way for those interested in Special Education get to know some of the students’ personalities and how they function. It is a humbling experience for Trinity students to give up their time and have tons of fun with students that may have struggles in their lives.”