A special prom for student with special needs


LEBANON, OH (FOX19)- We all know prom is a rite of passage for teenagers, that's the reason why Lebanon High School created an event that allows each and every student to experience the special day.
"I like it because I like the dances, I like doing the cha cha slide," said Brittane Cosatser, a Lebanon High School Student.
The daylight prom at Lebanon High School started four years ago -- providing the prom experience to students with special needs students who may not be able to attend traditional prom.
"For a lot of our kids, this is the only big prom they have, some of our students can't stay up late, they're in wheelchairs, it would be hard for them to have transportation -- they really look forward to an occasion like this because it's the highlight of high school," said Patty DeVre, school intervention specialist.
Nearly 55 students from  Lebanon, Franklin Little Miami and Springboro high schools attended; each student was introduced and escorted, then after pictures it was time to party.
"It originated as a result of the interest that the special needs students had for wanting to learn how to dance," said Michelle Abrams of the Warren County United Way.
From dancing to dessert, corsages and cupcakes, the event has now blossomed into an even that students look forward to every year.
"I got introduced to new people, I like seeing my friends," Cosatser said.
"I'm enjoying it really good, I got to dance withe three girls," said Lebanon Freshman Michael Robinson.
The district eventually hope to expand the daylight prom to make it a county-wide event.
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