Earthstock is an event that I attend every year that holds a very special place in my heart. Earthstock is a dance that is held every year at the Crystal Ballroom for high school students in Special Education programs in the Portland-Metro area. The students get to leave school for a day and dance to their heart’s content while feeling the floor bounce to loud music. It is truly amazing to see how happy every single person is. It’s absolutely addicting!
This event relates to every civic engagement topic I can think of but the one that I think about most is diversity of communities. Not everyone has the opportunity to go to prom and this is a dance for those that may not get to attend. People come back every year anticipating the great time they will have. Song requests are encouraged and the last few years we have had a photo booth so everyone can have pictures as keepsakes.
I cannot say enough good things about Earthstock and I encourage everyone to check out the website www.earthstockpdx.com. I leave you with this thought: What can you do to make ONE person’s day better?