LSHS Special Education students dance at their 2012 Prom.
In May the Leadership Class at Lake Stevens High School, directed by Leadership and Social Studies teacher Mr. Joe Cronin, put together a dance for all special education students at Lake Stevens High School.
Leadership students organized the event complete with snacks and treats, games, dancing to the Wii, and plenty of social interaction between all students and staff.
The theme of the event was from Dr. Seuss’ story about Sneetches. This story portrays Dr. Seuss’ view of prejudice: Some Sneetches have a star on their bellies, and some of them don’t. The ones that don’t have a star are trying to be accepted but wind up being treated badly by the star- studded Sneeches who think they are better than everyone else.
One of the students in the structured learning center, J. V., designed art-work for a t-shirt with two Sneetches, one with a star and one without with a caption, “It is not the star, It is who we are.” T-shirts were sported by nearly all at the event.
Structured Learning teacher Tom Scranton, commented, “This was an outstanding instance of an activity to allow students who may not be otherwise capable, access to enjoying an interactive Prom function. The leadership class combined their natural academic talents with outstanding empathy to make this a memorable event for all concerned.”
Principal Cahan was excited about this event and how students and teachers worked together to make it a success, “Mr. Scranton has been an outstanding advocate of our Special Education students. He really supports them with outstanding experiences.”
The event was a huge success and enjoyed by all. To quote Dr. Suess, “all the Sneetches forgot about stars and whether they had one or not, upon thars.”