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Sleigh bells were in the air on December 3 when a group of Elim Christian School students were the special guests at a Christmas party hosted by Trinity's education department.

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), comprised of special education students and professors at Trinity, welcomed nearly 60 primary pod students, teachers, and teachers' assistants from Elim to the Grand Lobby of the Ozinga Chapel for a morning of Christmas stories, carols, and cookie decorating. Santa Claus was also on hand to take pictures with each child.

"This was a great event, and I hope it is the first annual Christmas party," said Dr. Patti Powell, special education professor. "We've done many activities with Elim's high school students, so this was a nice way for us to connect with the younger kids. Being able to give back to them and share some of the activities that we remember from our childhoods was incredible for us."

Trinity has collaborated with Elim, a neighboring school in Palos Heights that serves students with special needs, on projects and initiatives to enhance instruction and professionalism in the field of special education. Many students from the College have completed assignments as student-teachers and teacher's aides at Elim, and some are serving there during the fall semester.

"Our kids love all the interaction and get excited seeing the familiar faces of student aides who come from Trinity," said Cindy Burnett, a teacher's assistant at Elim. "They don't get too many opportunities to be in an environment like this. They enjoy singing the Christmas songs and being a part of celebrations like these."

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