This year we experienced a string of small miracles and large transformations in our Iowa town after several members of our varsity cheerleading squad formed our own cheerleading squad for children with special needs. Ten girls with special needs - from autism to Down Syndrome - radiate new joy and confidence as part of our "Spartan Sparkles" cheerleading squad. Our program is youth-led and fully integrated into the high school sports program. We practice with our Sparkles two times each week, and they cheer with us at home football and basketball games to packed crowds and standing ovations. More at link: http://spartansparkles.com/ I can't tell you how much I appreciate Iowa teens. Several years ago, my cousins' alma mater cancelled their week-long senior trip to go to a town north of them and clean up after tornadoes went through. Good kids!