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Prom held for special education students

Posted: May 23, 2008 2:12 a.m.
Updated: July 24, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
Special education students don't always feel comfortable attending their school prom, so ASB students at Valencia High School are holding a prom just for them, complete with dinner, a DJ and dancing.

The "Magic of Disney" Prom will take place Saturday evening on the Valencia campus. Last year, only Valencia students were invited, but the response was so overwhelming that this year two more high schools, Canyon and Golden Valley, have received invitations, according to Valencia ASB Director Jeff Albert.

"We just had an overwhelming positive response last year," Albert said. "These students never come to the regular proms, so we came up with the idea to have a prom for just them and we just ran with it."

The students get dressed up, and a local salon is donating hair styling and manicures for the event, Albert said. Special education teachers and many teaching assistants will attend as chaperones.

"(The teachers and assistants) don't have to come, but they wanted to help out because they are just so great," Albert said.

Valencia sophomore and ASB member Katya Ortiz helped organize last year's event and has been the driving force behind this year's prom as well, Albert said.

"I don't think a lot of these kids go to the regular proms that we hold because the music is too loud, or their friends won't be there," Ortiz said. "So we invite only the special education kids, so all their friends are there and it's more personalized."

Katya said the event is more than just a dance, and that activities that the special education students enjoy are held throughout the evening.

Valencia ASB members will be on hand to dance with the students and to participate in the activities.

"Last year the (special education) students had so much fun," Katya said. "They were dancing and smiling."

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