Holding a prom for special needs students was an important project for a club of their peers, who want to make the prom an annual event.
In Dearborn, Michigan, members of the Interact Club at Fordson High School sponsored a prom for about 20 special needs students from Howe School, Edsel Ford High School, and the HYPE Recreation Center. The prom was held in the Michael Berry Career Center atrium.
A local DJ donated his services, and the club made the occasion memorable with fresh flowers and tapered lights on the white linen covered tables. Chairs also were covered in champagne colered silk slipcovers. The students were served a catered buffet of chicken, lamb, rice fattoush and hummus. For dessert, there was a custom cake, and plenty of baked goods and cake pops.
“The prom was amazing,” said Fordson social studies teacher Eman Naura, who is the club’s co-advisor. “The special needs kids, and just as importantly their parents, all seemed to have an incredible time. I am very proud of our Interact Club members for their hard work setting up and making sure our guests felt comfortable and enjoyed themselves.”
All students were invited to bring their family members. Most of the items and food were donated, or paid for by the Interact Club’s fundraising efforts.
“We did something for terminally ill high school students who weren’t able to attend their own prom,” she said, “and I’d always wanted to do something for the special needs kids in our district. They don’t get to celebrate like this, so it was nice to focus our attention on our students in our district,” said Naura.