On Friday, April 3rd, Liberty High School's leadership students organized a dance at the Hillsboro Elks Lodge for students in the life skills program. This is the second year the dance has been held at Hillsboro Elks Lodge.
Rick Shipley, a lodge member and the vice president of the Oregon State Elks Association Metro District, said the lodge sponsors the dance as part of a $2,000 Promise Grant from the Elks National Foundation.
A dance much like any high school dance with some boys in button-down shirts & ties, a few girls in fancy dresses with their "hair did", but many in jeans and T-shirts.
“Life skills” students from eight area high schools — about 150 in all — gathered at the Elks Lodge for an afternoon of fun, dancing and social interaction. Students from all four Hillsboro district high schools attended, as well as students from Beaverton, Sunset and Aloha high schools and from as far away as Scappoose. The “life skills” students have physical or developmental challenges and don’t often attend a typical high school dance held on a Friday or Saturday night in a school gymnasium.
We don’t see a lot of life skills students attend our dances at school. It was nice to see the smiles and the energy when they walked in.