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a prom all their own
SoVaNow.com / May 06, 2013Delight and excitement were written all over the faces of some two dozen special needs students who attended their very own prom Friday at the Halifax Country Club.
Starting at 11 a.m. and lasting until 2 p.m., the prom gave students the occasion to dance, listen to the music of DJ Shakespeare, interact with friends and enjoy tasty refreshments. Prom goers ranged in age from 12 to 21.
One girl had a particularly happy time, celebrating her 17th birthday as she danced around the ballroom floor.
Cheryl Wilkerson, who along with Barbara Estes and Debby Hackney decorated the country club and took care of the refreshments, said that planning for the event goes back as far as January.
Wilkerson said the event traditionally has been held in the auxiliary gym at the high school, but that setting can become extremely hot and is poorly lit, so the committee began to contact local businesses for their help. FACES (owned by Brooke Gasperini) donated the use of the country club for the event.
Other businesses contributing to the prom were Halifax Regional Hospital, State Farm Insurance, J. E. Burton Construction Company, Benton Thomas and Walmart.
Helping with the refreshments were Dominos, Sheetz, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Spainhour Diner. Aaron’s Home Furnishings also helped and Teresa Reamer Carter took care of the photography. Milady’s Fashion Boutique also assisted and both Triangle Florist and Gregory’s Florist helped with the decorations. School employees Ronnie Duffey and Betsey Harris assisted in carrying out the scheduling for the event.
Special guests at the prom included Superintendent of Schools Dr. Merle Herndon, School Board Chairman Kim Farson and Vice Chairman Dick Stoneman, along with board member Fay Satterfield.
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