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SPECIAL SEMINARY BUILDS AS IT GROWS

A Church seminary program for mentally handicapped students here has grown to include more than 80 students from 22 stakes in northern Utah.

But what may set this program apart from others like it are the activities involving the students, their parents and other members of the community.These activities have increased the self-esteem of the students and given them opportunities to learn about the gospel in unique ways, said LuAnn Quayle, president of the Cache Special Education Seminary's support group of parents and friends.

For example, most of the students attended an "Old Testament Day," in which they crossed an imaginary Red Sea, attended six classes focusing on popular Old Testament stories and watched a dramatization about the Ten Commandments.

David Henderson, principal of the Cache Special Education Seminary, teaches the classes at a location near CACHE Industries, a workshop for the handicapped.

"David is a person who believes that nothing is impossible for the growth and learning and social enjoyment of the mentally handicapped people he serves," Sister Quayle said. "They love him and look forward to each event. They prepare and present numbers for the annual talent show and take part in such extravaganzas as `Old Testament Day.'"

For 11 years, Henderson has taught seminary classes for the mentally handicapped. Each year he recruits high school students and faculty from area seminaries to help with activities.

Henderson told the Logan Herald Journal, "The handicapped need religion and appreciate religion just as anyone else, and they can do many of the same religiously oriented kinds of things - at different levels - that any other person would do."