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Hurry! 'Sleeping Beauty' Premiere's Tonight

Salt Lake Tribune, 03 June 1959, page 21
Hurry!  Don't miss your last chance to help the handicapped children of Utah through the fabulous benefit premiere of "Sleeping Beauty."

AND TODAY IS the final day of ticket sales.  The curtain goes up tonight at 8:30.

Without your aid tonight, there may be more than 21,000 youngsters in Utah still without the bare fundamentals of learning next year.

But with your aid, The Salt Lake Tribune - Salt Lake Kiwanis Clubs sponsored benefit premiere of "Sleeping Beauty" could well provide some of the badly needed teachers to instruct the handicapped children of Utah.  And you must buy your ticket today.

THE THREE presidents of Bonneville, Salt Lake and Sugar House Kiwanis clubs, Howard L. Blood, S. R. Anderson and Joseph Shehee, respectively, urged "all persons in the state to join in the program and provide classroom teachers for those who need the instruction most: the handicapped child."

And that aid can be gained while residents enjoy the beauty, music and story of "Sleeping Beauty," told as only Walt Disney can tell it.

AND THE STORY will unfold at the Villa Theatre.  That is the only theater in the Intermountain Area that can show the fantastic fairy story, with full Technirama-70, in Technicolor with six channel stereophonic sound.

Tickets for the benefit premiere will be on sale from noon to 5 p.m., in the lobby of the Uptown Theatre, or they may be purchased from any member of the three Kiwanis Clubs in the valley.  In addition, what tickets remain will be available at the Villa Theatre prior to the 8:30 p.m. curtain time at the Villa.

BUT HOW BAD is the need for such teachers of the handicapped?

"As it stands now, four teachers of the handicapped are leaving the Salt Lake City Public School system.  Only one replacement has been found.  And yet the city needs twice as many classes as are now provided to provide a minimum of teachers," said Lester W. Coon, president of the Salt Lake Exceptional Child Parent-Teacher Assn. and a teacher of the handicapped himself.

IN ADDITION, he said, Granite School District has authorized 10 classes to teach the handicapped next year.  It now has two.

"But," Mr. Coon said, "the superintendent this week announced that there is not one teacher available to start the additional classes."

Mr. Coon's organization will administer the scholarship fund gained through the movie benefit premiere to provide money for teachers to gain the additional training necessary for the new field.

The three Kiwanis presidents, in a joint statement said:

"THE SLOGAN for Kiwanis clubs this year is Build Individual Responsibility.  It is the individual responsibility of all members of our group, as well as non-members, to help build the youth of the state.

"What better way is there than to assist those who need help the most, the handicapped child.  And tonight is your chance to do it - your last chance to aid the benefit premiere."

MR. COON seconded the suggestion by noting that among the students now being taught at Columbus School in Salt Lake, all of them suffering from physcial handicaps, there are a number who are ready to graduate to junior high schools.

"But," Mr. Coon said, "there is not a single teacher in the school system available to take over the vitally needed class.

"UNLESS THE child's parents can afford - and obtain - private tutoring his or her education stops dead."

All this, he noted, is in the face of the staggering fact that there are more than 21,000 children - either physcially or mentally handicapped - who are educable and who need special education.

"BUT MANY teachers are unable to afford the special education required by law before an accredited teacher can instruct the handicapped."

Tuition alone, for an already accredited teacher to gain the additional education needed to train the handicapped, ranges from $150 to $600, Mr. Coon said.  The Tribune-Kiwanis scholarship fund will help defray some of that cost - and in many cases all of it - so that many of Utah's youngsters can enjoy a more normal, productive, happy life.