WALLENPAUPACK - Decked out in suits and dresses, a handful of smiling friends graced the dance floor at Wallenpaupack Area High School recently during the second annual Special Dance.

The dance was started last year, when members of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club realized their peers who happen to have special needs, would probably not be attending their own high school prom. From that, the Special Dance was created and it has continued on to be an afternoon of proper dance attire, fine food, music and lots of photos with friends.

Katie Regulbuto said the students who organized the dance were just as excited as the special guests. Seeing the students’ response last year and then leading up to the recent day, their excitement is what made the dance unlike any other.

Initially funded by Max Alessi who gave money he raised through his senior project, the dance will continue on as another student donated funds for the next dance. The dance has become a service project for the FCCA students, since it is their chance to give back to their community.

As part of the afternoon, there was a DJ, two student photographers, Sculpted Ice Works donated an ice sculpture for the second year and culinary students prepared a meal that the guests requested that consisted of: pasta, chicken tenders, French fries and an ice cream bar.

Ashley Sloan said the beset part of the entire event was seeing the guests walk into the room and how evident their excitement was.

This year the guests chose a theme of “Dancing with the Stars.”

Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Melissa Geisheimer said her students put a lot of time, energy and “passion” into the day and seeing the joy of the guests was an added bonus for all.

The FCCLA students were clearly as excited, as they too were dressed and on the dance floor. Sloan said the day was special because the groups of students have come to know each other and to see them enjoy a dance was gratifying.