Blue Jean Ball to raise funds for Journey School

Published 9:15 pm Saturday, November 15, 2008

A little laidback fun is around the corner as The Journey School is planning its first ever Blue Jean Ball.

The ball is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m. to help raise funds for the school’s operational expenses and to provide tuition assistance.

During the event, which will be held at the Old Armory on Dallas Avenue, live and silent auctions will be held, and the denim-clad partygoers will be entertained by the music of the Joe Wright Band. A chili buffet will be available and “anything that goes along with chili” will be served, along with a variety of beverages to quench any thirst.

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Two tickets to the Alabama vs. Auburn football game will also be given away, with each participant given at least one chance to win.

The Journey School is a unique and inclusive preschool in Selma where typically developing children learn alongside children with special needs.

“Having typically developing children involved in our program is a key element of our success,” said school director Penny Foster. “The beauty of this is that not only do the typically developing children play a critical role in modeling for our special needs students, they also benefit tremendously from our highly specialized techniques and services.”

Foster said the uniqueness of the preschool, which has four teachers, a speech/language pathologist and occupational therapist, means the school is very expensive to run and maintain.

“The tuition charged per student covers about 25 percent of our expenses,” she said. “We depend on grants and donations from private individuals, foundations and corporations to help fund the remaining expenses, which is why this fundraiser is so important. It will also be a lot of fun, too.”

Tickets to the event are $40 each and can be purchased at The Journey School, 1302 Old Orrville Road, Selma. For more information on The Journey School, call 872-1222 or visit