Winter wonderland

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photo credit: Everett Vasquez

Bust a move \\ Music plays while junior Preslee Drake dances with a special needs student at the Winter Wonderland dance hosted by the NHS. “The kids were so excited to be dancing and hanging out with all the other students and I was glad I got to be a part of it,” Drake said.

writer: Morgan Clark, Staff Reporter

The National Honor Society hosted a “Winter Wonderland Dance” before the holiday break. 

The purpose of the dance was to do something special for the kids who haven’t always felt comfortable or enjoyed a high school dance like homecoming or a formal. At first, some of them were hesitant to dance and come out of their shells. But as the night went on, they got more comfortable and danced with the NHS members. 

Oftentimes students have many challenges with typical dances or events, but by doing this we can get rid of those challenges and create an environment for them to truly enjoy themselves,”  NHS Officer Everett Vasquez said. “It’s a way to give back to students who might not have the same opportunity as others.

It was a requirement for all NHS members to attend the dance to make these kids feel included and enjoy their time with these high schoolers. Usually, three or four students attend but this year six or seven went. 

I think they were just happy to be there, they loved showing everyone their dance moves and talking to all the students”

— Preslee Drake, junior

It was something that I hadn’t experienced before, the kids were so excited to be dancing and hanging out with all the other students and I was glad I got to be a part of it,” junior Preslee Drake said.  

There were other fun things to do besides show off dance moves, like color on coloring pages and making holiday crafts. 

The event was fun and unique because it had a theme to it,” Drake said. “The decorations at the dance pulled together the whole winter wonderland idea.” 

Snacks and drinks were provided by members as a way to make the event more enjoyable and give NHS members a chance to get the service hours required from them.

I think they were just happy to be there, they loved showing everyone their dance moves and talking to all the students,” Drake said.