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Tribune-Kiwanis Show

Handicapped to Benefit Via 'Sleeping Beauty'

Salt Lake Tribune, 22 May 1959, page 6B
There are a couple of "free wheeling" classes in Columbus School, 2530-5th East (500 East).

They are full of really happy youngters - happy because they are going to a "real school," although physically handicapped with cerebral palsy or muscular distrophy.

THAT KIND of happiness will be extended to more of Utah's handicapped children through a Salt Lake Valley Kiwanis sponsored premier benefit performance of Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty."

The benefit, June 3 at 8:30 p.m., in the Villa Theater, will gather funds for scholarships that will allow teachers to be trained to provide education to handicapped youngsters.

MRS. OLA Wilcock and Mrs. Irene Biggres, teachers of the youngstesrs at Columbus School, are such trained instructors.  Mrs. Wilcock noted that having the handicapped youngsters go to the same school as other children "gives them a feeling of belonging by going to a real school."

School officials have found that the big drawback is providing funds for a teacher to take the additional courses necessary.

THE TRIBUNE-KIWANIS sponsored premier "will provide some of such funds.  Only a limited number of tickets will be available to the premier, at a special box office in the Uptown Theater, 53 S. Main, daily from noon to 5 p.m.

Also, members of the Salt Lake, Bonneville and Sugar House Kiwanis Clubs will have tickets.