“Rockin’ the Spectrum” Dance Highlights Autism

MOUNT VERNON – Students from Benjamin Turner Academy and Pennington School busted their moves on the dance floor for the Rockin’ the Spectrum dance at Pennington on Thursday, April 25, 2024. The dance was held to celebrate children with unique needs in honor of Autism Acceptance Month.

“This event at Pennington this year is a collaboration with Benjamin Turner Academy because we both have a cohort section in our buildings,” said Dr. Melissa White, Principal of Pennington. “We just wanted there to be a time where students can be celebrated; dance, party, have some fun and not feel that they are being judged and just have a great time. This is the second year that I have done it and I’m excited to keep it going and the parents are thrilled, staff members are thrilled; so, it’s just been a beautiful collaboration.”

Students from Benjamin Turner Academy and Pennington School busted their moves on the dance floor for the Rockin’ the Spectrum dance.
Students from Benjamin Turner Academy and Pennington School busted their moves on the dance floor for the Rockin’ the Spectrum dance.

During the dance, scholars enjoyed treats such as pizza, chips and juice. They also were able to take photos with props in the photobooth and dance along to songs such as the “Cha Cha Slide.”

“It is a pleasure to be here at Pennington School to be a part of Autism Awareness,” said Indira Burrowes, mother of Ujana Greene, a seventh-grade student at Pennington. “Also joining us is Benjamin Turner Academy, celebrating with the kids. This is the first of many collaborations and it is a pleasure to have the parents come together with the kids and celebrate Autism Awareness.”

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