The Appalachian Educators Club hosted an inclusive Valentine’s Day dance on Friday, February 8 in the Reich College of Education (RCOE). The club is housed in the RCOE and is one of Appalachian State University’s largest student clubs with over 500 members.
This annual event was organized by the club’s Diverse Abilities Committee, which includes:
- DeAnna Head (Junior, Elementary Education)
- Brooke Farrington (Sophomore, Elementary Education)
- Megan Aeschleman (Senior, Middle Grades Education)
They worked hard to coordinate a fun and inclusive night - the goal is to provide a space for people of all abilities to hang out, celebrate friendship, and, of course, dance!
SDAP scholar Luke shows off his festive “single and ready to mingle” sign. Photo submitted
The event brought together over 40 participants, including members of Appalachian’s Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program, Special Olympics athletes, community members, and Appalachian Educators club members.
“I really enjoyed the dance. It was really fun!” -Allen Thomas, SDAP Scholar
Special Olympics athletes strike a pose. Photo submitted
At one point in the evening, participants formed a conga line that stretched from one end of the RCOE’s rotunda to the other. The “Make Your Own Slime” and paper craft stations were also very popular and provided a welcome opportunity for dancers to take a breather and enjoy refreshments.
The event is always a highlight of the spring semester. It would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the Appalachian Educators Club members. Members came early to decorate the space, donated food and beverages, and stayed well into the evening cleaning up after the fun had ended.
SDAP Scholar Allen Thomas said “I really enjoyed the dance. It was really fun!”
SDAP scholar Daniel and Appalachian Educators members Emily and Alexis smile for the camera. Photo submitted
The Appalachian Educators Club meets every other Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m. in RCOE room 124. All students interested in education are invited to attend.
Questions? Please contact The Appalachian Educators Executive Council:
- President: Nia Robinson firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vice President: Emily Snyder email@example.com
- Secretary: Rebecca Boyles firstname.lastname@example.org
- Treasurer: Miranda Miller email@example.com
Contributed by Kelly Dancy