AUGUSTA, GA – The Augusta University College of Education’s Special Education Club (SPED Club) hosted a holiday party for children with special needs on Friday, Dec. 9. Nearly 60 people attended, and enjoyed crafts, games, treats, holiday music, and a visit from Santa Claus, as played by the college’s own Dr. Zach Kelehear, Dean of the College of Education.
SPED Club members, who are teacher candidates in the College of Education, made all of the food, and developed activities centered around literacy and creative expression. All of the activities were tailored for children with various kinds of special needs, including cognitive and mobility differences.
“One mother told me that this was the first time she came out to meet with parents who also have children with disabilities,” said Dr. Nai-Cheng Kuo, professor of education and advisor to the SPED Club. “The event was very joyful and touching to each of us.”