Every year staff at Aspire of WNY gets together and throws the high school students a prom, giving them a chance to be a typical kid and forget all the challenges they face within their daily lives. Instead of putting equipment on and getting ready for therapies, on March 8 students were taken off the bus and moved into classrooms to get dressed and into hair and make-up for a quick pampering before pictures were taken and they danced the day away.
In order to create this prom and make it the amazing event that it is, staff reached out to the community for help! Leon Studio One students volunteered their time to do the hair and makeup, Michlers’ Flowers donated flowers, Moving Music donated their time to be our DJ and so much more!
“The event is one that is looked forward to by many within the school. While it may seem like a lot of work to get ready and to set it all up, it’s all worth it in the end because you can see just how happy this event makes everyone,” said Courtney Eastman, teacher aide. “For the kids, this is one day where they can push their daily lives of going in and out of equipment and the challenging therapies to the side and focus on just being a kid with the friends that they made while being in the school.”
Eastman added that it means the world when she and other staff members have the opportunity to see the smiles on the student’s faces and how much fun they had.
“All the stress and the worry about the event we had before all just melts away and it warms your heart to know that you’ve helped these kids and also the parents have a day they won’t forget. The day is also really for the parents because it’s events like these where they believed their children would never have the chance to do things other typical children will do in their lifetime such as having a dance where they can dress up, dance and even be crowned as prom king or queen!”
Above is a photo of Ashley Geary and Jordan Brown who were crowned king and queen! How amazing they both look! ❤️
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