CHHS FBLA to host Winter Ball for people with special needs

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, November 21, 2018

By Jenna Oden

The second annual winter ball will transform the Charles Henderson High School cafetorium into a winter wonderland for people with special needs. Laney Kelley, secretary of the CHHS Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), said the inaugural event last year was such a success that they could not wait to do it again.

“This event will be open to anyone age 13 or older who faces cognitive and/or physical challenges,” Kelley said. “This is a great opportunity for older people who face these challenges because they do not get as many opportunities as those who are still in school and get to be included in a lot more.” 

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All girls will have the opportunity to be adorned in a crown and corsage while boys will get a boutonniere at the entrance.

“It will be a white winter wonderland semi-formal event,” Kelley said. “This should be really fun for everyone and we will have a DJ and free food for everyone who comes.”

Students from the school will be in attendance to help get everyone dancing and to make sure all honored guests have a good time and feel included.

“A lot of times there’s a huge focus on athletics and academics, but this night will be chance for everyone to feel included,” Kelley said. “This is a way the school can give back.”

Attendees do not have to be a student at CHHS or residents of Pike County, but FBLA asks that everyone in attendance brings a chaperone with them.

“FBLA is extremely excited to host this event because we had such great success last year and it can only get better,” Kelley said.

The Winter Ball will be held Friday, December 14 at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The deadline to register is November 30. Registration is free.