SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic's annual holiday party for children with special needs, hosted last Friday by the C.R.A.Y.O.N Club, was a great success and was another example of Union Catholic's strong presence in the community.      

C.R.A.Y.O.N stands for Community Raising Autism Yielding Opportunity Now, and the party gave kids with special needs the opportunity to play games, dance, and engage in other fun-filled activities with members of the club.         

"The C.R.A.Y.O.N Club holiday party was an amazing success,'' said Mrs. Nancy Saggio, co-moderator of Union Catholic's C.R.A.Y.O.N Club along with Mrs. Cheryl Rossi. "It was a great social event that saw our students mixing with special needs children and having a great time. Our Union Catholic students had a very rewarding experience and gave back to the social needs community. The special needs guests loved every moment of the social interaction.''

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Union Catholic senior Emily Duggan said being a member of the C.R.A.Y.O.N Club has changed her life.   

"Being in the C.R.A.Y.O.N Club has added so much to my life and my personality,'' said Duggan. "I'm so lucky I got involved with this club. It has seriously changed my life. A lot of schools don't have the opportunity to interact with kids who have special needs, so they don't get a chance to see that they are just regular kids. They are so much fun to be around and it's just so heartwarming to be with them and put a smile on their faces.''