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KVO & CBOT student celebrates LaughFest with world record attempt at chicken dance

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Alex Pusztai, a student at Kent Vocational Options, participated in the Guinness World Record Chicken Dance event.
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On Thursday, March 8, the kickoff party for the 2012 LaughFest event took place downtown Grand Rapids in the Rosa Parks Circle. This party involving over 600 people might sound like a lot of fun and many of the Rapidian readers may have actually participated. For Alex Pusztai, it was something very special. Pusztai is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and attends Kent Vocational Options, a school for individuals with cognitive impairments. "Alex came to school today beaming from ear to ear," said Amy Hams, Pusztai's teacher. "It is so nice to see my students participating with the community of their peers, but I have to admit, I was a little surprised to see him pictured there." Pusztai came to school wearing his beak and a commemorative necklace and couldn't stop talking about it. "That was great! It was a lot of fun," he said about the event he and a friend attended. 

Pusztai told his classmates and teachers all about it during their classroom share time. "This time of day is utilized to teach and encourage the communication skills of Alex and his peers, but today was a little more exciting than usual," said Hams. 

More phots of this event are available WOODTV8's website at




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