The event drew a crowd of parents, students and school staff. It included performances by Western Michigan Christian High School’s Jazz Band and Big Band of Praise, a jazz group from Holland. It also helped to raise awareness of — and funds for — the school’s Educational Support Services program, which has helped children at the school with special learning needs, said Shelley Feddema, director of the program.
Food was also served at the event, including coffee and brownies donated by Fat Chix Coffee Cantina, said Marie Dukes, a parent volunteer.
Picnickers also heard from ESS staff how the program has impacted the school and how the program has been an outreach to the community, Feddema said.
“We are an inclusion school, which means we believe that our students are general-ed students first and then special-needs students second,” she said.
Friday’s cool and rainy weather forced a change of plans.
“We had planned to be outdoors, but with the rain we moved it indoors,” Feddema said.
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