Trinity Welcomes Elim Students for a Christmas Celebration
Trinity recently welcomed students from Elim Christian School for a morning chapel service themed “Christmas Worship through Song & Sign” and sponsored by Trinity’s Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC), a local chapter of the national organization.
Trinity’s Sign Club performed a medley of the holiday favorites “Silent Night” and “Away in a Manger,” followed by a rendition of “Jesus Loves Me.” The audience joined in for the chorus, signing and singing. A song and slideshow introduced the ‘friendly beasts’ of the Christmas story and highlighted each animal’s unique traits.
Following chapel, the SCEC, and Elim and Trinity students joined together in the Grand Lobby for refreshments and a variety of activities and crafts, including holiday cookie decorating.
Dr. Patti Powell, associate professor of education and director of the Alexander DeJong Center for Special Education, saw the unique value of the visit for Trinity’s students.
“It was so special to be able to experience the Christmas story through the eyes of the Elim children,” said Powell, “and gearing Trinity’s chapel service to the students’ level helped Trinity students get a taste of what it might be like to work with special needs children.”
The SCEC is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for students with disabilities and promoting future leaders in the education of students with disabilities by recruiting future special education teachers, building professional peer relationships, providing community service and education, and establishing connections with the disability community through newsletters, campus activities, and professional development.
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