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School for special needs students holds Valentine's Day dance

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Students practice holding still and listening for the key word to a "freeze" dance (Source: CBS 5 News) Students practice holding still and listening for the key word to a "freeze" dance (Source: CBS 5 News)
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SCOTTSDALE, AZ (CBS5) -

While most think of love on Valentine's Day, one valley school is thinking about friendship. The Sierra Academy in Scottsdale held a Valentines Day dance Friday afternoon.

The Sierra Academy, which serves kindergarten through 12th-grade students who have faced challenges in traditional classrooms, have a learning disability or autism spectrum disorder, held the dance to help improve social skills.

Debra Watland, school director, explained that a lot of preparation went into planning for this event.

"It's the first time they've experienced this."

Watland explains that students and staff worked together prior to the event to know what to expect. "They voiced that they were nervous, but as soon as the music started, they saw everyone was having fun!"

Students from Desert Heights Academy in Phoenix also were in attendance. Activities included dancing, craft stations, and a pizza lunch.

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