Because a large part of the news covered by any community newspaper tends to include schools, The News-Times often has the opportunity to highlight interesting efforts from students completing their senior projects.
The collaborative project of seniors from two different schools is just too special to miss.
Lakeside High School’s Mary Michael Stetz and Greenbrier High School’s Amanda Freeman, at the direction of Terri Freeman (no relation), owner of Be My Guest Catering and Events, put together a prom night Saturday for all Columbia County special needs students.
As Amanda told News-Times staff writer Valerie Rowell, the idea for the event grew from her involvement in the school’s Buddy Club. That’s a program in which regular education students pair up with special needs pupils to help them with friendship and assistance during what can be a stressful, chaotic environment even to the most high-functioning student.
The outreach led to a spectacular night in which dozens of kids put aside differences in abilities just to have fun with their friends in a safe environment. The News-Times Web site, www.newstimesonline.com, includes a photo gallery from the event, and it’s hard to find anyone without an ear-to-ear grin the entire evening.
Like many of the moms and dads who went along with their students to the prom, Jean Allie was appreciative of the effort from the organizers, event staff and volunteers. “She wouldn’t have this opportunity had this not have happened,” she said of her daughter. “We are so grateful.”
The whole community should be. Give those girls an A+.