Putting "U" in Community Education: An Elvis Concert for All
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(5/2/23) It’s incredible to see how some colorful decorations, an Elvis impersonator and a roomful of excited fans can shake up the Northdale Middle School cafeteria and create a night full of precious memories.
Anoka-Hennepin Community Education hosted a Community Inclusion event featuring Absolutely Elvis by Todd Anderson. The Hawaiian-themed concert was supported by the Anoka-Hennepin Education Foundation and brought individuals from two adult learning programs together.
“It’s our adults with special needs programming and then our traditional adult learning and enrichment,” said Devin Kaasa, adult learning coordinator. “We thought that it would make sense and really be a positive thing to do to start having some activities that are combining both of our programs together to be more inclusive.”
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s Hawaiian Concert, the performance showcased many of his popular songs and had a lot of people up and dancing.
“It’s just a fun night out with friends,” said Ham Lake resident, Marlene Morris.