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MJHS senior gives special needs kids ‘A Chance to Dance’

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Special needs high school kids all over Wilson County will get a chance to dance thanks to a Mt. Juliet High School senior. 

Joseph Perricone started working with special needs kids in his Nature and Needs class, and quickly realized how much he enjoyed being in the classroom. 

“They are so passionate about everything they do,” said Perricone. 

Perricone channeled some of that passion into giving them a special day. He organized A Chance to Dance, a dance for all special needs kids of Wilson County. 

Perricone said he instantly got the support of his fellow students, family and friends, and raised his goal of $2,000 in three weeks. He said some businesses like American Jewelry and U.S. Community Credit Union sponsored, but the bulk of the money came from students, faculty, friends and family. 

“I have to give a big thank you to everyone that has given,” said Perricone. 

The night will have a Hollywood theme, complete with a red carpet. There will be a photo booth, D.J. and hopefully a live band. The event will be catered by Our Place Cafe out of Hendersonville. Students can make it as formal as they want. 

Perricone hopes to make this an annual event. Since he is a senior, he wants to pass the responsibility off to another school possibly. He is hoping maybe Wilson Central will pick it up next year, and it can rotate amongst MJHS, WCHS, Lebanon High School and Watertown High School. 

A Chance to Dance will be Saturday, April 5 at the Mt. Juliet High School Commons Area from 6 to 9 p.m. Special needs students from any of the four county high schools are welcome to attend. To RSVP, call Perricone at (615) 243-8821 by March 25. 

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