Kern County youth, students in special education have Halloween mixer
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Students from all over the Kern High School District met at East High for a friendly spooky time.
The annual Halloween bash is in its seventh year. The event is designed to combine students in special education and students in standard education to get together and meet on equal ground.
"When you have a party like this, that line disappears. We just have a bunch of people having a great time," said Cody Bema, instructor at East High.
There were 130 student volunteers and about 500 students with disabilities.
The students got a chance to dance, participating in carnival games and participate in a costume contest.
Student volunteers took time to get to know the students in special education, who normally would not have that type of interaction at a school event.
"This helps kids forget about whatever illness or disability they're dealing with and just be a kid hanging out with other kids having a good time ," said Kimberly Urenda.
Organizers say the event has a lasting positive effects on both student groups.
"We've seen a lot of students get involved in human services after their experiences with this party," said Bema.
Many parents with of kids with disabilities found the get-together a refreshing experience, because typical school events have a separation between both types of students.
"What my son wants and all these kids want, is just to be a kid. This gives them that chance. Just to be able to dance with her friends," said Susan Lara, a parent.
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