Buckeye hosts prom experience for students with special needs

Published: Apr. 5, 2019 at 4:33 PM CDT
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Students in community-based training programs across Rapides Parish arrived in style to prom at Buckeye High School on Friday.

The dance is a team effort, planned by the district's CBT teachers. CBT students are paired with a buddy to enjoy prom with.

"We have so many that want to come and help, it is hard to pick," said Buckeye CBT teacher Renee Wiggins. "Our student body is so great with the kids. They just want to come and help. They enjoy seeing the kids light up and just being a part of it."

The goal is to give students with special needs an unforgettable event. They get to walk down the red carpet and head straight to the dance floor. Students also take prom pictures to commemorate the day.

"Everyone needs to have fun," said Buckeye student Valerie Kendrick. "Everyone is made the same. These guys deserve to have a prom just like we deserve to have a prom."

This year's theme was 'Be Our Guest'. The gym was decked out in Beauty and the Beast decorations.

"To see the excitement, joy, love, and everything," said ASH CBT teacher Eryn Secrest. "It makes you want to do it every year and I don't know how you wouldn't want to do it."

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