Very Special Arts Festival takes place in Vermilion Parish in Henry High gym

HENRY - There was a "25th birthday bash” at the old Henry High gymnasium. on Wednesday.

The birthday party was held to honor the Very Special Arts Festival which has taken place for the past 25 years in Vermilion.

Each year, since 1985, special needs students enrolled in public schools from the parish, gather to put on skits and take part in games outside. It began at 9 a.m. and concludes at the end of the school day.

This year the festival was held at the old Henry High gymnasium. Because it was the 25th year, the theme of the festival was "25th Birthday Bash.”

When the students and guests arrived, they were greeted by large cupcakes that were placed outside in the entrance. The stage had a birthday party theme and was decorated with presents, wooden candles and other birthday party decorations.

Throughout the morning, students from different schools put on skits with the “Birthday Bash” theme.

Here are some of the skits and songs performed: Students from Eaton Park Elementary sang the song, “Happy Birthday to You.” Others skits were: Cecil Picard Elementary Ice Cream and Cake Boys,” “Get Loose on Your Birthday” by Kaplan High students; “5 Days Old” by Kaplan Elementary Students and “Zydeco Line Dancers” by Abbeville High students.

Larry Gage and Ellen Arceneaux of the Vermilion Parish School Board facilitated the event.

“It has grown and gotten better each year,” said Gage.

After each arts festival, a committee gets together to begin planning for the following year. The students practice their skit all year before performing it in front of a packed gym.

Part of North Vermilion High’s band entertained the students and crowd.


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