Holiday party thrown for special needs students

Posted: Dec 13, 2011 4:02 PM EST Updated: Dec 13, 2011 5:33 PM EST

CAPE CORAL -It was a memorable day for 400 special needs students in Lee County as they spent the day with songs, sweets, and Santa. In all, 21 schools joined together for the festivities.

One-by-one Tuesday, kids got off the bus and went into the Cape Coral Yacht Club for the Cape Coral Kiwanis Foundation 32nd annual holiday party.

“When you see these kids your heart just melts,” said Sam Huber, Cape Coral Kiwanis Foundation President.

“A lot of these kids have never been in a room filled with so many people, where they hear music and joy that they can just feel inside their hearts,” added Youth Services Chair Tine Pegler.

Michael Hemphill is one of Mrs. Nina Wilson’s students at the Royal Palm Exceptional School – one of the 21 schools that received a $1,000 grant for their special needs programs on Tuesday.

“[I'm] so happy because of love. I love it,” Hemphill said.

“It’s priceless. We use that money for the children. Things that just aren’t in the budget anymore,” Wilson added.

From puppets to hats and toys, the kids all had the chance to learn while having a good time.

“Sometimes children aren’t exposed to things like going out to dinner and out to public like this. It gives them a chance to practice their social skills,” said Wilson.

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