• The Penguin Project

    Proud chapter of The Penguin Project since 2021

    What is The Penguin Project?

    What is the Penguin Project? Established in 2004, the Penguin Project has evolved into a national program, with chapter sites throughout the United States.  The program provides a supportive environment for children with disabilities to explore their creative talents.  In FoCAL's Penguin Project production, special needs high school students from Forsyth County Schools perform a modified version of a well-known Broadway musical in the FoCAL Center main stage theatre. They are joined on stage by a dedicated group of “peer mentors” – children the same age without disabilities who have volunteered to work side-by-side with them through rehearsals and through the final performances. By providing access to community theater, the Penguin Project demonstrates that the special challenges of a disability should not handicap a child’s ability to participate in life’s experiences.

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