CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ - Students and staff at the Allegro School celebrated Halloween in a very special way this year as they were joined by students from the National Art Honor Society at Randolph High School. The Randolph students worked on a volunteer project in which they created super hero capes, incorporating the first initial of each Allegro student’s first name on the back of the cape.
Senior Alina Wolfenson found the Allegro School through a google search and suggested making the capes for the students. National Art Honor Society Supervisor, Steven Coleman suggested that they visit Allegro School to bring the capes to the students. The Randolph students assisted in distributing and putting on the capes and joined Allegro students for the Halloween Parade around the school and the Halloween dance, setting up a hero themed photo booth, encouraging the Allegro students to interact with them and participate in having their photos taken.
Asked what the project meant to her, Alina responded “I was happy to be able to give something to the kids to make them feel they can be anything they want to be, like a super hero.”
Partnering with Randolph High School was a great way to have fun, but also provided our Allegro students with the opportunity to communicate and use life skills, interacting, dancing and socializing with high school peers. “We are profoundly grateful to Randolph High School, the National Art Honor Society students, the Board of Education and Superintendent for creating this unique teaching opportunity”, said Allegro School Principal Frank Iannucci. “Partnering in this way made the holiday more special and allowed our students to interact with new friends in the familiar and safe Allegro School surroundings.”
Allegro School and Programs is a nonprofit organization that provides lifespan services for persons on the autism spectrum. For more information please visit www.allegroschool.org