Special needs students from the local high schools will be invited for “A Chance to Dance” in April thanks to the vision of a local student.
Joseph Perricone, a senior at Mt. Juliet High School, said he got involved working with special needs kids while taking the Nature and Needs course offered at MJHS.
“I enjoyed my first semester with them so much that I talked to my principal and was approved to take the class again this semester,” Perricone said.
“About a month ago I started brainstorming of ways I could give back to the kids who have blessed my life in ways I can’t even explain. I worked up the event details and presented it to my principal, and sure enough he approved it.”
He said he came up with the idea to host a dance after attending a similar event in Sumner County with his father.
“Seeing the kids’ faces light up and have the best time was so rewarding, and it made me realize that we don’t have anything like that in Wilson County,” he said.
In order to put on the event, Perricone has been doing some fundraising beginning with collecting donations before school. In three days of collecting, a little over $1,000 was raised. As of Thursday, that total is up to $1,300. Perricone’s goal is to have $2,000 raised to provide for the dance.
“I am so proud of my school for their generosity and that they have stepped up to be a part of something bigger than themselves.
“Mt. Juliet’s students, families and faculty have really stepped by giving generously to ensure that this dance will happen.”
Perricone said A Chance to Dance will be open to all special needs high school students in Wilson County, and students at Wilson Central High, MJHS, Lebanon High and Watertown High will be invited.
“Our theme for the dance is ‘Hollywood,’ and we would like the guests to dress as formal as they’d like. With that being said, there is no required dress code. We care more about the kids being there than what they wear,” Perricone said.
A Chance to Dance will be April 5 from 6-9 p.m. at MJHS.