The Change It Up Club at Neshaminy High School has a very special mission — to bring students with very different needs, abilities and backgrounds together.
The club implements extracurricular activities to help those with special needs in the community. Sandi Spong, a Special Education teacher who is the club’s advisor, encourages students to reach out and learn about children with differences and give back to their community. The club has narrowed its focus on understanding the lives of individuals with special needs or those who are connected to children with special needs. Their activities create an environment that is comfortable to all students. The Change It Up Club assists with Neshaminy’s support of Challenger Programs such as the fall Challenger Football and Cheerleading program, and events at the Neshaminy High School and in the surrounding community. They have seen smiles on faces and enjoyed laughter because relationships are being built and everyone is learning and reaching personal goals which is priceless.
The Change It Up Club has also hosts various community social events including Holiday, Fall and Spring Socials, attends class dances and other events where support is needed. In December the club held a Polar Express-themed Movie Night. For Autism Awareness month they sold t‑shirts to the High school students and teachers to support their Kindness Program. The Neshaminy High School Gym Night hosts special needs volunteers to assist with the floor crew as well.
The parents of these children with special needs, as well as the volunteers, have been very supportive of these programs.