Carroll County Public Schools will host the 6th annual special needs prom on Friday, May 3, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at South Carroll High School. Students from all high schools, Gateway School, and Carroll Springs School will be in attendance.
Approximately 110 Learning for Independence (LFI) students are expected to attend. The County Commissioners, Board of Education members, and central office staff have been invited as special guests. More than 80 members of the Best Buddies and Friend for Life Clubs, which pair non-disabled students with those with disabilities, will also attend the prom.
This countywide event is hosted by a different high school each year. This year’s prom theme is Enchanted Forest. There will be a Prom King and Queen voted for by the students.
In preparation for the prom, LFI classes have incorporated life lessons through making decisions on how much food to order, selecting a prom theme and favors, and voting for Prom King and Queen. Students also develop and practice their social skills and social interactions.
While some of the students will also attend the prom for their home schools, others will not be able to attend. According to Julie Koontz, Special Education Secondary Instructional Consultant for Carroll County Public Schools, “The special needs prom is an opportunity for students to develop friendships with students from other schools and to see friends they have made in other programs, such as corollary sports. It’s also a way for students who aren’t able to participate in the prom at their home high school to have the same experience as their same aged peers.”
The prom is funded by donations from school clubs, community members, and fundraisers. High school principals have donated funds for the buses to transport students to the prom.