Hundreds of students enjoy Special Education Kids Day in Clovis

CLOVIS, Calif. (KFSN) -- Music and dancing filled the air, as students across the Valley let their hair down for a fun day outside of the classroom at the Special Education Kids Day in Clovis on Friday.

"I'm just so excited to be out here. I mean, how can you not walk around and just feel good about Fresno and about how the community comes out and they embrace this every year, and they treat our special-needs kids like they are the absolute best kids in the world," Fresno County Office of Education Superintendent Jim Yovino said.

The Fresno County Office of Education and Pelco by Schneider Electric joined efforts to make this event possible. It allows disabled students the chance to experience an entertaining and educational field trip in one safe spot. More than 1,000 students across the Valley came this year.

Dozens of booths were set up, from animals to hospitals to law enforcement. Students enjoyed visiting each stand and getting to see and meet new people.

"So far the animal cages, but my favorite thing to do here since all the times I've been here was seeing the army," Kerman Middle School student Joseph Herrera said.

Law enforcement agencies even brought their own helicopters. Many Schneider Electric employees spent their time volunteering.

"It makes us feel so good. It's so much fun to see all the smiles on the kids' faces," said Sandy Melton, a Kids Day organizer. "It's a lot of work to put it together, but we're just happy to give back and make sure the kids have fun."

And judging by this smiling faces and their signs, these students love having a good time. This is the 11th year for Kids Day, and organizers say every year they look forward to celebrating students.

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