STAR Program volunteer shares love of music with people with disabilities at monthly dance

Volunteer gives up Friday nights for STAR dances

LITTLETON, Colo. - This week's 7Everyday Hero is not required to have "sparkle shoes." But it helps if you are leading a dance party.

"I love it," said Melissa Croswhite, volunteer.

Croswhite volunteers for Littleton's STAR program. STAR stands for South Suburban Therapeutic Adaptive Recreation. Think of it as fitness, friendship and fun.

"She is just happy, enthusiastic, smiling. She just loves coming and being with our group," said Christine Lewman, recreation instructor at STAR Program.

Croswhite's favorite duty is being the disc jockey for STAR's monthly dances. She even has a special pair of sparkle shoes that light up the dance floor.

She goes to this trouble and gives up an occasional Friday night, because, she says, the members of STAR enjoy it so much.

"They just appreciate it.  And they are always just so fun and in a great mood and that warms me," said Croswhite.

The monthly dances are quite popular. It is not usual for them to attract around 100 people. All of them following Croswhite's cue.

"It just took one time for me and they had my heart," said Croswhite.

It is no wonder she has been helping with the STAR group for 15 years.

To learn more about the STAR program go to www.ssprd.org

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