Mountain View High School’s, 2700 E. Brown Road, third annual event showcases the talents and musical gifts of students with special needs. This year’s show was Friday May 8.
The night celebrates students with special needs.
“The VIP Variety Show was created three years ago to allow all students to showcase their special talents and gifts,” explains Lydia D. Halgren, special education chair at Mountain View.
“On the stage, the students have the opportunity to truly shine through their choice of music. The level of abilities that these students have, when given the chance and a spotlight, will leave you in awe and amazement.” Ms. Halgren said.
Last year’s event was a hit, with many showstopping numbers.
“One student who does not speak wowed us as he sang his little heart out,” Ms. Halgren remembers. “Another student brought the audience to their feet with her version of ‘In My Own Little Corner’ from ‘Cinderella.’”
The event is put on with help from the Peers for Life club.
“We have taken the Best Buddies program to the next level through our own version, Peers for Life aka VIP Club. This provides natural opportunities for our students to create connections and lasting friendships with other students.” Ms. Halgren said.
Editor’s Note: Heidi Hurst is an employee of Mesa Public Schools
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