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Event held for students to make friends

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After senior Morgan Rahrig volunteered in special education teacher Lisa Caruso’s classroom for a year, she had an idea to give those students an opportunity to make new friends with students from all classes.

The idea? Block Parties.

The most recent Block Party was held Jan. 20 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and was luau themed. The trial run Block Party held on Nov. 11 was party themed; each party had approximately nine students and 12 volunteers.

“I love going to the Block Parties because I can hang out with my friends,” senior Annie Cashbaugh said.

The Block Parties were held in and around the aerobics room at the high school.
Rahrig said the area was set up for food, crafts, and card games. With the luau theme, beach volleyball and other activities were held in the auxiliary gym. A photo booth with props and dress-up clothes was also added.

“I got to wear funny glasses and masks in the photo booth; those made me laugh,” junior Jacob Brown said.

But everyone’s favorite event was the dancing.

“The dancing was my favorite,” Cashbaugh said. “I love the ‘Cupid Shuffle.’”

Along with the “Cupid Shuffle,” and the “YMCA”, other favorites were played for the students.

“My favorite song they played was ‘Say Something’ by Austin Mahone,” Brown said. “I had so much fun.”
Giving students an opportunity to have fun on the weekend and make new friends is why Rahrig said she createdBlock Parties.

“I decided that I would set the parties up similarly to the school dances because those are usually fun for everyone,” Rahrig said. “At the Sailor’s Block Party, there is dancing in the (aerobics) room with lights and music exactly like a school dance.”

For the students attending, games, crafts, and other activities are also available to give more options.

“I loved dancing with friends,” senior Lindsay McCarthy said. “My favorite food was the cookies. They were really good.”

The Sailors’ Block Party was put on with fundraisers and donations.

“A lot of planning goes into this party especially with decorating and planning activities,” Rahrig said. “I organized a hat day at school to raise money to go towards putting on these events as I hope to continue them throughout the rest of the year. I have also had much guidance from Mrs. Caruso and (math teacher Carrie) Helmer in planning these events.”

No matter the amount of work that goes into each party, Rahrig said it has been worth it.

“It has been awesome seeing this dream become a reality,” Rahrig said, “and I hope to see the Sailor’s Block Party carry on for years to come.”

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