We had a busy few days at work this weekend, so yesterday I had the morning off and didn't go in until around 2. I got a lot of things done around the house that I wanted to get done and then went to work. We raise money to provide dance classes, among other activities, to children with disabilities, whether it be physical, emotional, cognitive, or anything else, there are no limits. Well, my job is to be in charge of these programs. Yesterday, our classes started, which is why I had to come in to work. I must say that I had seen all of the pictures, heard stories, and even met some of the kids who are in the classes, but seeing them in action was something that no one can prepare themselves for.
Each child in the class is paired with a teenaged volunteer for the year, they have dance classes once a week. They have a holiday performance and a spring recital just like any other dance studio. The smiles on these kids faces is amazing. All of the programs are provided at no cost to the parents and is fully funded by donations and sales of tickets to other shows that go on in the theater. I am so excited to see these kids get the opportunity that everyone else does, to fullfill their dreams. Their parents are so proud too. This is something that their parents can only dream that their child could one day do, and our programs give them an opportunity that they don't get anywhere else. I am so excited to be part of such a wonderful organization. I am not sure who gets the biggest smile on their faces, the kids in the classes, or the people helping out who don't have disabilities, realizing just what a difference it makes. It is truly inspiring, and if you ever got the opportunity to see it, you wouldn't have a dry eye when you did.
I love my job.