SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -- The Spokane Public School District hosted a Spring Fling dance Friday for special education students from across the Inland Northwest.
More than 600 students and staff filled the dance floor inside the Pavilion at Northern Quest.
The event was funded by a grant from the Kalispel Tribe. It allows special needs students to practice social skills they have been working on all year, like dining etiquette and getting to know people.
“Many of our kids are in wheelchairs or are medically fragile and don’t get the opportunity like all the other kids in the school. This is their time to shine and act like young adults,” said Leanne Russell, Program Assistant for Special Education at Spokane Public Schools.
Leaders of Spokane Public Schools hope other districts follow their lead.
“We’d like to see it done nationwide where all kids got to have something like this that are in special needs,” said volunteer, Donna Lilley.