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Students, seniors connect in multi-generational Holiday Dance


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  • Jill Hanks/Tempe Union High School District

The Sol Buddies From Corona Del Sol High School During Last Year's Fall Festival At Sunrise Assisted Living, Left, And The Sol Buddies Go Out To Dinner Before The Homecoming Dance This Year, Right. The Sol Buddies Club Was Created To Facilitate And Build Friendships Among General Education Students And Special Education Students, While Promoting Awareness And Acceptance Of All People In Our Community With Special Needs. Photo Courtesy Of Tempe Union High School District

There will be countless parties, concerts and festivals this holiday season but perhaps none will be as unique and meaningful as the Winter Formal hosted by the Sol Buddies of Corona del Sol High School.

The Sol Buddies Club was created to facilitate and build friendships among General Education students and Special Education students, while promoting awareness and acceptance of all people in our community with special needs.

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The the Sol Buddies of Corona del Sol High School went out to dinner before the Homecoming Dance. The Sol Buddies Club was created to facilitate and build friendships among General Education students and Special Education students, while promoting awareness and acceptance of all people in our community with special needs.
Photo courtesy of Tempe Union High School District

Sol Buddies’ student officers are hosting a Winter Formal on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the home Traci Estenson, who is known for her charitable work in Arizona, as well as for her annual display of 100 Christmas trees. The home is conveniently located across the street from Corona at 9302 South Rita Lane, Tempe, AZ 85284.

Guests will include not only Corona del Sol students, but residents from the nearby Sunrise Assisted Living Center, which provides care and services to senior citizens.

“I am so excited for this. We’re calling it a multi-generational community outreach dance,” said Jayelee Dorris, the sponsor of Corona del Sol’s Sol Buddies. “And it would not be possible without the diligent efforts of our student officers and the generosity of our community. We could not be more grateful.”

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The Sol Buddies from Corona del Sol High School during last year’s fall festival at Sunrise Assisted Living. The Sol Buddies Club was created to facilitate and build friendships among General Education students and Special Education students, while promoting awareness and acceptance of all people in our community with special needs. Photo courtesy of Tempe Union High School District

“I think it is going to be amazing to see the different generations dancing and socializing together,” said Ashlyn Murphy, a junior and Co-President of Sol Buddies. “This club means so much to me and I love doing things for the buddies. Seeing their faces light up with pure joy at these kinds of events is the best part.”

Estenson, a Corona parent, offered to host the event at her home for free, including providing the tables, chairs and party decorations. Other parents are donating DJ and catering services.

For more information, please contact Jill Hanks, Executive Director of Community Relations at (480) 345-3716 or jhanks@tempeunion.org.