A VERY SPE­CIAL PROM NIGHT

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Ed Helmick for Serve Daily

SPAN­ISH FORK — Satur­day night, April 28, Class­room 13 at Span­ish Fork High School was dec­o­rated for Prom night for a spe­cial group of stu­dents, the spe­cial needs se­nior stu­dents at the school.

The ta­ble place set­tings and dec­o­ra­tions were in the school col­ors of gold and black for 24 stu­dents. A serv­ing ta­ble was ar­ranged for the ar­rival of salad, pasta, and bread­sticks do­nated by Olive Gar­den Restau­rant. This was fol­lowed by wa­ter or le­mon­ade to drink. Then the bou­ton­nieres and wristlets which were the cre­ation of Bran­don Gard­ner’s Flori­cul­ture Class ar­rived. The class­room was ready.

It was around 5 o’clock when the spe­cial needs stu­dents started ar­riv­ing. The boys had new pants, shirts and shoes as needed, and the girls had got­ten their dresses from All Jazzed Up, a pro­gram do­nat­ing dresses to girls in need. What a happy and hand­some group of young peo­ple. As they en­tered the class­room each re­ceived their flo­ral ar­range­ment. This was an awe­some event for this se­nior class of stu­dents with spe­cial in­di­vid­ual chal­lenges who are usu­ally not in­cluded in ma­jor events such as Prom night.

This Spe­cial Needs Stu­dent Prom Night was the re­sult of se­nior stu­dent and peer tu­tor Matti Tracy. She and the other spe­cial need tu­tors worked hard to as­sure an amaz­ing Prom night ex­pe­ri­ence for the Spe­cial Needs Stu­dents of Span­ish Fork High School. They made ar­range­ments for ap­pro­pri­ate do­nated cloth­ing, tick­ets to the Prom, and co­or­di­nated rides. Matti asked Olive Gar­den for a dis­count on the din­ner meal and Man­ager Robert Lindo said that for this im­por­tant cause they would do­nate the meal. That is won­der­ful com­mu­nity in­volve­ment by the Span­ish Fork Olive Gar­den Restau­rant. This is an ex­am­ple of good peo­ple help­ing the less priv­i­leged on Prom night.

Be­fore the meal was served, the Spe­cial Needs Prom cou­ples went to the school au­di­to­rium and were the first to march in the Prom­e­nade. This was a great op­por­tu­nity for photos by proud par­ents. Then it was back to the class­room for din­ner. The grand fi­nale and for our spe­cial needs stu­dents, the most awe­some event of all was the Prom night dance at UVU.

Be­ing a par­ent of a spe­cial needs stu­dent has its spe­cial chal­lenges, and it is a won­der­ful thought to think about how proud th­ese par­ents on this night. The fact that this amaz­ing evening was at the ini­tia­tive of the se­nior peer tu­tors is a won­der­ful ges­ture of serv­ing oth­ers. All the do­na­tions that were pro­vided to pull off the evening’s events also make a won­der­ful state­ment about the peo­ple in our com­mu­nity. Wit­ness­ing an evening like this makes you feel good about the com­mu­nity we live in. Thanks to ev­ery­one who contributed to the Spe­cial Needs Prom Night for Span­ish Fork High School.

Photo: Ed Helmick

Alex Ruiz dressed for the Prom.

Photo: Ed Helmick

Gabriel Sack­ett, Olga Al­can­tar, Mat­tie Tracy (Spe­cial Ed tu­tor)

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