Clubs come together to sponsor Special Needs Carnival

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A carnival is coming to Dixie State College, and it is for some special people in the community.

DSC will host the Special Needs Carnival on Oct. 30 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. This Halloween-themed event is for people of all ages with special needs, their family members and students of DSC. 

Dixie’s service council planned the event as a way to allow students to reach out and interact with people who have special needs.

Jordyn Hanevold, DSC Student Association service chair and a junior elementary education major from Logandale, Nev., said she has worked with clubs to provide various booths and activities for all to enjoy.

She said the setup is like an elementary school carnival with activity booths, karaoke, a cake-walk, food and other activities DSC clubs come up with.

“Really, the clubs are the sponsors of this event,” said Mary Nell Lundquist, Service and Americorp specialist. “The clubs each run a booth, and we expect to have 20-30 booths and activities going on.”   

The event has been a hit in the past.

“We expect about 100 people of special needs to attend, and another 100 or so people to attend with them.” Lundquist said. “This event has been well attended for several years. We all look forward to it.”

Hanevold said students can volunteer for the event even if they are not connected with a DSC club. She said students interested in volunteering can visit with her in the student government room located on the second floor of the Gardner Student Center.

“This is a day for those with special needs,” Hanevold said. “This will help them feel welcome and involved.”