Special Education Students participate in December First Friday

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - It's the First Friday of the month - and many businesses and organizations around Fairbanks are celebrating art and creativity.
A few students within the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District's BRIDGE program showed off their talents with both music and drawing for December's First Friday. The BRIDGE program is meant to assists young adults with developmental disabilities in their independence and help them lead successful lives.
Both Michelle Coryell and Roberta Milles are special education teachers with BRIDGE. They agreed that the First Friday event is a great way to have students interacting with the community.
"Yeah it just kind of gelled out of just talking, like of it would be nice to have a First Friday to show off their talents because they don't get recognized a lot for what they're able to do,” Milles said.
Friends and family gathered to enjoy the show - learning about each painting and sitting back to appreciating the music.
Nathaniel Chappell is a student within the BRIDGE program. He created a landscape mural for the big day. When asked what the best part about creating his painting was, he would tell you making the mountains and sky was the best.
“The sky looks like its turning dark and its looks like different colors," he said.
Featuring paintings, paper crafts and of course the student’s favorite songs, the First Friday event was a great day for many who attended.