DHS Amigos third year kick off BBQ

On Thursday, Oct. 24, Tailer Villarreal, 10, dances with Luis Rodriguez,11, at the third annual amigos barbeque. “They’re so sweet,” Villarreal said. “I always have fun dancing with the Amigos.”

Lauren Rodriguez, Writer/Student Life Editor

The DHS Amigos hosted their first event of the year with a barbeque on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., behind the Allen Layne Stadium for general and special education students.

As soon as students arrived they began dancing to songs such as “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus and “Beat It” by Michael Jackson. Students also enjoyed hot dogs, cheeseburgers and various types of chips.

“My favorite part of the barbeque,” Luis Ray Guttierez, a special education student from Columbus said, “was the hot dogs and chips,”

For first year club member junior, Erin Matias the DHS Amigos is a place where she can hang out and make new friends with students who are sometimes by themselves during the school day.

“It’s really great to socialize with them and make new friends,” Matias said.

The DHS Amigos, a club on campus, dedicates their time trying to break barriers between the general and special education students by hosting events such as barbeques, dances and other social events for students to interact.

Club adviser, Ms. Salceda , has been working with special education students for thirteen years and says that she would not do anything else career wise.

“It is very important for the special needs kids to feel like part of the Downey High School family,” Salceda said. “During school they are very isolated and this club gives them opportunities to bond and become friends outside of school with the general education students.”

Although Amigos club is Downey High based, Downey students were not the only ones taking part in the fun. Special education students from Warren High school and Columbus High were also invited to dance, eat and make new friends.

The club members and advisers both hope to break the barrier between special and general education students this year by hosting more social events to bond and make lasting memories.