Jordan Valley King and Queen 2014 Posted in News & Announcements Jordan Valley's Winter DanceBy Canyons School District · Updated about a month agoIt might have been the sparkling decorations on the Christmas tree, the red and green punch and cookies for all to eat, or the fact that Saint Nick himself was sitting in the next room taking orders for the holiday — but something magical happened at Jordan Valley’s annual winter homecoming dance this year.All of the Christmas lights in the world couldn’t outshine the brightness of the smiling faces cutting a rug on the dance floor for Jordan Valley’s 35th celebration. The school, which is home to students throughout Canyons School District who have severe multiple disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, and communications impairments, hosts the dance every winter to celebrate the season and reconnect with alumni. This year current Jordan Valley students, alumni, friends, family, students from Union Middle and Brighton High School — and the same band that has played at the dance every year for 30 years — were all along for the ride. Even former Jordan Valley Principal John Gardner, who helped start the tradition, was in attendance. Gardner worked at the school from 1977-2006, but he returns for the festivities every year.“The students really look forward to going,” Gardner said as he greeted some of his former students in the school’s gym. “You can just see — look at their faces. All you have to do is look at them and you can see the smiles on their faces.”Canyons District Students who live near the school and attend Union Middle School and Brighton High School were also invited to attend and help Jordan Valley’s students and alumni celebrate. Together, they formed a train that wound across the dance floor while the Friends and Family band played “Celebration” and other upbeat songs in the background.“Woo hoo!” they cheered with their arms in the air.Involving the community is one of the highlights of the event, said Principal Mark Donnelly.“For me, the best part is when the Jordan Valley students and the Brighton and Union Middle students are dancing together, and it’s just one big party and the smiles are everywhere,” Donnelly said. “It’s great because they are on the dance floor and they are communicating through dance. They all communicate extremely well that way.”As part of the festivities, Santa Claus came and took requests, then Connor Stevensen and Chloe McKeaver were crowned king and queen of the dance. The two students, who are in their last year at Jordan Valley, have been neighbors their whole lives. They held hands and swayed to the music while cameras flashed all around.The dance finally came to an end, but one thing is for sure — the smiles and warmth carried on long past the last song. Now the countdown begins for next year, when the magic will happen all over again.