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Everyone Together As Club 321 Dance Party Rocks The Falls

image2Written by Evana Holevas —

O’NEALS —  Minarets senior Remington “Remi” Lee collaborated recently with Club 321 and the Down Syndrome Association of Central California to put on one of their biggest events yet, the 321 Dance at the Falls Event Center in Fresno. This dance, open to any teenagers in the area, was a fun opportunity for students with special needs to attend a totally inclusive environment and have a good time alongside other teens. Club 321 is a social club run through the Down Syndrome Association of Central California for high schoolers with and without Down Syndrome.

“Since my sophomore year, I have been the head of this club,” says Remi. “I’ve planned monthly events for the past three years, but 321 Dance is our biggest event yet!”

Many teens with down syndrome never have the opportunity to attend school dances without some form of discrimination against them.

“The goal of 321 Dance was to have everyone come together, appreciate and accept differences, and have an awesome time.”

Minarets SLE Remi Lee 1 2016To raise money, Remi called over twenty businesses to create and donate baskets for silent auctions. Through ticket sales and two different fundraisers held at the Sweetheart Dinner and Jack’s Urban Eats, Remi raised over 1,400 dollars!

“I had to raise everything for the dance. Working with the Down Syndrome Association of Central California I knew I would have a lot of support.”

The dance at The Falls Event Center in Fresno was made possible with the help of more than 20 volunteers and 12 chaperones. It had a photo booth, tons of food, coffee which was graciously donated by Dutch Bros, amazing decorations by Suzanne Lanfranco, and a DJ who kept the party going all night long. Altogether, this dance was a great job and a great success by Remi Lee and Club 321.

Remi states, “The students of Minarets who attended were so incredible, and danced the entire night, making sure to include those with special needs to make sure no one felt left out. It made my heart swell seeing so many amazing people reaching out and making a difference in lives. The night went perfectly and I’m so thankful for all the help we received.”

Evana Holevas is a Minarets student enrolled in Digital Writing

Learn more about the Down Syndrome Association of Central California

 

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