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      Special needs students enjoy 'Santa's Sunshine Special'

      Christmas came early Thursday for more than 500 special needs students.They met Santa, got their faces painted, and just had fun at Santa's Sunshine Special.{}{} {}The annual event at the Zambora Temple in Irondale is sponsored by the Exchange Clubs of Birmingham and the Jefferson County Department of{} Exceptional Education. "It is really a good thing for them to be able to come out and interact, and it's just a social experience," Pam Rush, Jefferson County Schools specialist says.Organizers say students from four school systems participated: Jefferson County, Vestavia Hills, Bessemer and Tarrant.

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