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Students With Special Needs Attend Prom

April 29, 2012, 10:00 PM

Students With Special Needs Attend Prom

The prom is a staple of any high school senior's last moments before graduation. But for some students, the opportunity to attend the big night isn't always there. That's why some Lincoln High School students helped their fellow classmates enjoy the moment Saturday night.

"A couple kids cried when we first told them, 'Hey, you're going to get to go to prom.  Do you want to go?'" Special Education teacher Kim Hibma said.  "And they were like, 'Yeah, are you serious?'"

For eight seniors who are part of the special education department at Lincoln High School, attending prom was something they never thought would happen.

"I have a perfect date for me and I decided to ask her to prom on Friday and she said yes, so that made me smile," Special Education student Alex Campbell said.

Student council member Liz Magnuson came up with the idea and soon other members from the Council teamed up with seniors from the special education department.

"We were thinking about it, and you know prom is a special thing and we think they deserve to go to prom too," Student Council member Liz Magnuson said.

But good food and friends weren't the only things these seniors would enjoy before hitting the dance floor.

"I'm excited and can't wait for what the surprise is," Campbell said.  "I heard there's a surprise."

Of course prom couldn't be complete without arriving in style.

"They want to be just like everybody else, and do everything just like everybody else does, so it's cool that they get the chance to be all dressed up, have a fancy meal, go ride in a limo, go to prom, have a date just like anyone else," Hibma said.

And for Campbell, he was ready to bust a move before the limo stopped.

"You just like this and go like this and you dougie," Campbell said.

And once they arrived in downtown Sioux Falls, these seniors walked inside the El Riad Shrine, ready for the night of their lives.

The Lincoln High School Student Council members who organized this special night encourage the other high schools in Sioux Falls to do the same because their special education department has a lot more students in the program who can make prom a special night they won't forget.

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