DECA students at Forsyth Central High School are pictured with their “best

buddies” as part of the school's Greatest Gift Week for exceptional students.

Forsyth Central High School DECA club hosted its second annual Greatest Gift Week Dec. 14-17 at Forsyth Central High School to celebrate the school’s exceptional students, teachers and special education programs.

Organizers said the weeklong event focused on the acceptance of all students, regardless, and help foster relationships between general education and exceptional student populations.

 “The week allowed more students to spend time together allowing them to become more aware of their differences and understand each other,” said Julie Ellington, the school’s Special Education lead department chair. “The more we understand each other, the more that we get involved and support each other as a family.”

She said in a year interrupted by a global pandemic, students were tasked with overcoming the challenges in incorporating online and in-person activities.

With high schools moving to remote learning during the week, the DECA students hosted an online Christmas and Holiday Social. Videos were created for students to watch from home, and individualized bags were delivered containing holiday candy, a craft, and a letter from the Forsyth Central DECA Chapter wishing them happy holidays.

DECA is a business-focused club aimed at preparing students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

Candy Waylock is an award winning education reporter who has covered all things education for Appen Media over the past 20 years. She is an Alpharetta resident.

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