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February 27, 2008 > Special Education Ball

Special Education Ball

By Emma Victoria G. Blanco

American High School will host the 4th Annual Special Education Ball on Friday, Feb. 29, at the Grand Ballroom of the Newark/Fremont Hilton Hotel.

Students from the Newark, Fremont and New Haven School Districts (Tri-City schools) are invited to dance the night away without worrying about purchasing tickets. The Special Education Ball has been an inspiring success. All of the costs incurred for the event are covered through diligent fundraising and donations. The food and deejay are provided so the students can dance all night. The ball will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Newark/Fremont Hilton.

The first Special Education Ball took place about six years ago at Irvington High School to honor the memory of Robert Winn, a student who died from Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disorder that weakens the muscles that help the body move. Since then, the ball has become a popular local event benefitting students ages 14 - 22 in the special education program. The Fremont Districts serve special education students until they reach the age of 22.

According to the event's organizer, Tiffanie Rodriguez-Jackson, "The Special Education Ball is a dance that caters to students with special needs. The needs range from physical to mental. The dance is held every year, and these students can attend every year. Most of the students do not attend their school's prom for a variety of medical, physical and mental reasons. The Ball is a safe and comfortable environment for the students to mingle with their peers and feel comfortable to dance. Many students bring at least one chaperone either because of desire or need."

Primary funding for this year's ball has been received from Niles Rotary, Kaiser, CARH, Fremont Elks Lodge, and Ross Organic Specialty Sales Inc. In-kind, donations have been provided by Lifetouch Photography, DJ Alex Carbonal, and the Newark/Fremont Hilton.

Special Education Ball organizers are still looking for any type of monetary donations, donations for door prizes, and donations for decorations at the prom site. If you are interested in donating or in volunteering at the event contact Rodriguez-Jackson at American High School by calling (510) 796-1776, ext. 57324.

Special Education Ball
Friday, Feb 29
6 - 10 p.m.
Newark/Fremont Hilton Hotel
Grand Ballroom
39900 Balentine Dr., Newark
(510) 796-1776, ext. 57324

Students and one chaperone - Free
Other guests, at least high school age - $30

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