Approximately 160 people, including students, staff and helpers attended the annual Friends Helping Friends holiday dance and luncheon, hosted at Escalon High School on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
The festivities bring together special education students for a day of holiday fun, music, dancing, food, socializing and more.
“All students this year were from San Joaquin County special education programs, high school and young adult,” said Nancy Wright, San Joaquin County Office of Education Special Education teacher at EHS.
Along with enjoying music and lunch, attendees had the chance to visit with and pose for photos with Santa. There was also a special ‘Homecoming Court’ selected. Honorees were: Homecoming King Christopher Rendon from Stockton Community Young Adult, Homecoming Princes Liandra Castellano from East Union High School, and Homecoming Prince Daniel Heiny from Escalon High.
The dance is put on by the high school’s Key Club, Escalon Kiwanis Club and Friends Helping Friends. It has been going on for roughly 15 years, and has become a holiday tradition for the area’s special education students.