Belton ISD Students with Special Needs Perform Alongside Peer Mentors in “Annie Jr.”

Belton High School’s Performing Arts Center is set to host a unique theater production of “Annie Jr.” featuring students with special needs performing alongside their peer mentors. The production is a result of a partnership between Belton ISD and The Penguin Project, a national organization that empowers children with special needs through theater. The show will take place on April 28-29 at 7 p.m. and on April 30 at 2 p.m. Tickets for the event are available for purchase at or at the door for $10 for adults and $5 for students in kindergarten-12th grade. The production involves about 50 students from across the district, and Jennifer Ramirez, executive director of special programs and Penguin Project coordinator, stated that “theatre is so valuable in developing social and communication skills and self-esteem. This program helps us share that experience — and benefits — with our special needs students.”