Prom is for Everyone at Bellevue East

Thursday brought a special night for a group of special students at Bellevue East High School. They had their very own prom.

Thursday was prom night for a group of special needs students.

Bellevue East senior Lexi Pettit said, "It's just an opportunity for the kids to experience what we experience at our school for prom. We set up for it all day. The kids are able to experience the prom, dance like everyone else."

The menu featured the classic burger and the works with fries.

Students like Lexi and Morgan Lampe helped spearhead the event.

Morgan said, “They are just normal people. I mean, yeah they may look different or they might have a different, they may act different but they are normal people. Everyone should treat them just like we treat each other."

The gym was transformed into a rock and roll hall, complete with live music, desserts and drinks. The aim was to create a memorable and special night for some special needs kids.

While the trappings of prom night were in place, they did need to add the stability of familiarity.

Prom Night

Amy Stewart-Ranck is the mother of one of the students and she said, "The kids could go to the regular dances but a lot of them can't tolerate the music, the noise and the lights. And this is so special that they get to have the same life experiences as all the regular students do."

Lexi Pettit said, “This is my last year to do this because we are seniors. I’m just going to remember how much fun we have every year, just helping the kids enjoying tonight and making it special for them.”

This is the third year of the event. Approximately 30 special needs students took part.

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