TRINITY HOSTS ELIM STUDENTS
AT CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
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."