PAINESVILLE TOWNSHIP, Ohio — It’s a Valentine’s Day that some area young people are not soon to forget.
Staff and student aides turned the Riverside High School gymnasium in Painesville Township into a dance hall.
The guests of honor were individuals with multiple disabilities from 13 Lake County schools and developmental workshops.
But, on this day, all disabilities are left at the door.
For 6th grader Natalie Rellick of Mentor Memorial School, it was her first dance ever.
“The dance today is a lot of fun. We have a lot of food and dancing here,” she said.
This Valentine’s Day dance has been going on for the past 13 years.
Some like to find new dance partners, others, like Brian Posey and student aide Danielle Radisek, like to rekindle old friendships.
They’ve known each other for four years.
“I have been to four MD proms with him and this is our third Valentine’s Day dance together. And, he just makes everything so fun,” Radisek said.
Participant Jacob Tyler said this Valentine’s Day was about making memories and the love in the air.
“It can’t be taught. It’s got to come from the heart — the love in the air. It all comes from there,” he said pointing to his heart. “I wish a great Valentine’s Day to everyone.”