Our community turned out in big numbers Sunday to cheer for special needs students as they arrived to “A Night to Remember,” a prom just for them. Organizers expected somewhere around 90 students to attend, Pastor Jeremy Moore said. “We had the vision last year, and we didn’t know what to expect,” he added. “It’s just so nice to focus on those who don’t normally get the focus.”
Craig Carson from 103. KISS FM radio helped Rachel Contreras (in purple) introduce students as they arrived for “A Night to Remember” Sunday at Festival Hall. The evening was a partnership between Racine Rotary and Great Lakes Church for special needs students from throughout the Racine Unified community. As each student started down the red carpet, Carson read off the child’s name and said a little something about each of them like what they like to do, their favorite color and their favorite music group.
Ninety special needs students celebrated prom Sunday at Festival Hall. The evening was a partnership between Racine Rotary and Great Lakes Church, and a number of local businesses got involved as well. Students were escorted down the red carpet by other students from around our area, some of whom attended Post Prom Saturday and donned their dresses again for this special occasion. Cindy Davos was in the stands with her children because she wanted them to participate in an event that makes others feel good. “I told them that we’re all made in the image of God and that we might look different from each other,” she said. “I wanted them to know that these students who probably don’t get cheered very often deserve to be cheered.”
Special needs students arrived in style at their prom Sunday. A crowd of about 600 – including the Racine HOG chapter and naval cadets from Great Lakes – cheered the students as they made their way down the red carpet.
Students were cheered loudly and members of the crowd held up signs that read, “We believe in you” and “You look fantastic!” at “A Night to Remember,” the prom Sunday for special needs students. Community members were silenced suddenly and waved instead of clapped when a student arrived with sound sensitivity, but their reception was no less enthusiastic for being silent.
Craig Carson (l) from 103.7 KISS FM and Rachel Contreras kept the crowd going and high-fived special needs students as they arrived at their prom Sunday at Festival Hall.

 

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2 replies on “Nearly 600 Cheer at Special Needs Red Carpet”

  1. Great Night! A Huge success! I know my girls will never forget a “Night to Remember”! â¥â¥
    Thank you Great Lakes Church and all of their sponsors.

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