Lakota West Staff Makes Dance Experiences Extra Special

Lakota West Staff Makes Dance Experiences Extra Special
Posted on 10/24/2017
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photo of students before homecoming danceEvery fall, Nicole Lampe and the rest of the Special Education staff at Lakota West host a special homecoming event. Their students are invited to West to enjoy dinner with their friends in a festive environment with balloons, tablecloths, and even a selfie station complete with fun hats and glasses.

After dinner, the staff takes the students to the dance early for some dancing before it gets too crowded.

“Our students love it! Without it, many of our students with differences would miss out on the experience,” said West Assistant Principal Jaclyn Cruse. “We take the kids down on the dance floor and take a group picture. For some students, they leave after this, because the lights being off or the noise may be too much. But for them, they still get the experience.”

Staff members are on hand during the dance so students that stay have a familiar face or a safe place to sit if they need a break. This year 27 students took part in the dinner and dance, and there are also regular education students that stop by to visit and take photos.

The homecoming event is just one of the activities put on by the Special Education team. They also host a Prom dinner where students receive donated corsages and boutonnieres, get their photos taken by a professional photographer, and have dinner at a local restaurant.

Students are also invited to football games, with staff on hand to help when needed. In addition, the department holds a monthly after school Social Club where regular education students and special needs students get together to play games and interact with each other.