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KVO / CBOT students share dance classes with volunteers from Northview High School

The Kent Vocational Options and Community Based Occupational Training program would like to thank our community partner, Northview High School, for being a part of our 2012 KVO/CBOT prom.
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To go along with the "Fun in the sun" theme, each student was given a lei.

To go along with the "Fun in the sun" theme, each student was given a lei.

A Northview and a CBOT student during dance class.  1,2,3.1,2.3.

A Northview and a CBOT student during dance class. 1,2,3.1,2.3.

The dance floor got pretty crowded but there was always room for everyone.

The dance floor got pretty crowded but there was always room for everyone.

For the past ten or so years KVO/CBOT has partnered with Northview High School to bring together students with differing abilities to learn and dance together.  In preparation for the 2012 KVO/CBOT prom, three dance classes were organized at Northview High School, taught by Patti Silvestro.  

Northview student volunteers were paired with students from the KVO/CBOT Program for large group dance instruction that practiced various dance steps but more importantly to our students, they practiced things such as asking a peer to dance, engaging in conversation and using socially acceptable manners that is best taught and reinforced by peers. 

In addition to taking time from their busy school day to participate in this class, many Northview volunteers also attended the KVO/CBOT prom night on Friday evening.  “It is always so exciting to see this diverse group of students interacting and having such fun.  I don’t know who has more fun or learns more, but I know that our KVO/CBOT students look forward to this every year.  It’s a win-win situation for everyone” said Todd Jones, transition coordinator for KVO/CBOT.  Christina, a student in the North Kent CBOT classroom said I had a great time dancing and hanging out with my friends”.  Tom Scott, her classroom teacher, who has been arranging the dance class instruction with Julie Haveman from Northview High School for the past several years said” Our students really look forward to the prom every year, there are several staff that put many hours into making this a great event and the participation by the Northview students adds to the excitement.”

 

Thanks again Northview Seniors

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