SVC Clubs Hold Spring Fling Dance for Disabled Community Members

On April 8, Saint Vincent’s Respect Life Club and The Service Council for Exceptional Children cohosted a spring fling dance. This dance was held in the Barn at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve. According to Hannah Galvin who helped organize the event, “The purpose [of the dance] is to encourage students with disabilities and students from Saint Vincent College to interact and have fun together.”

All clubs at SVC must complete an act of service each semester. The Service Council for Exceptional Children has multiple goals in order to help individuals who suffer from disabilities. The club strives to promote awareness about the special needs of people. The club mainly focuses on students in the classroom and how to give them the best educational experience possible.

The club also attempts to help others understand how to be welcoming and accepting to those who do possess varying forms of disabilities. The club also helps create enjoyable events where students with disabilities can feel more comfortable. Students that make up the club are from varying areas of study and benefit from being exposed to diversity.

The Respect Life Club is committed to making people aware of prolife issues. These issues include abortion, euthanasia and care for the elderly. Many abortions are performed due to finding out that a child will have a mental disability. The likelihood that a child will be born with a disability is discovered through a medical procedure known as amniocentesis and is usually performed when the mother is between 14 and 20 weeks pregnant. This procedure can detect a variety of chromosome abnormalities and genetic disorders. According to the website American Pregnancy, amniocentesis findings are between 98 and 99 percent accurate. The procedure can test for diseases such as Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy and Cystic Fibrosis. By hosting events with people who have been diagnosed with such conditions, the clubs are promoting that those who are disabled can partake in and enjoy activities with those who are not disabled.

Galvin said that the dance began because the Service Council for Exceptional Children “was at a standstill and we were not sure how [the club members] could best help the community. I saw the need for a dance both for SVC students and for the community. This was something that our school was not offering, and should offer.” Three years ago the dance was started. It originally began with a spring fling dance, though a Halloween dance was later added.

There is no charge for the dances. The clubs hold two fundraisers during the year in order to sponsor the event. The first was the selling of Steelers tickets. Afterwards the club had a spirit day at Chick-Fil-A in the early spring. The organizations are proud that both dances are free and members strive to keep them that way.

A total of 35 people were in attendance at the spring fling. Of those in attendance, 20 were SVC students while the majority of the other guests were members of the Latrobe community with disabilities. There were multiple events that took place during the dance that all guests could enjoy and participate in together. These included painting rocks as well as dancing to a variety of styles of music. Food and drink were also provided for guests.

“The dance was a success, we were expecting more people, but the people that came had a wonderful time,” said Galvin “I hope this event continues to grow.”

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