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A special prom for residents with special needs

Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 5:13 p.m. CST
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Katie Brems of Geneva and Dusty Dickens of Sugar Grove were crowned at the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association prom for residents with special needs.

BATAVIA – As another school year draws to a close, high school students across the Fox Valley area participated in a longstanding tradition: prom. 

For many students, prom is a rite of passage, com plete with tulle and tuxedos. Yet, for individuals with special needs, attending prom might not have been possible. 

On May 10, the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association, which provides leisure services for residents with disabilities, hosted its own prom at Batavia High School. 

For some, the dance was a chance to relive the excitement of their own high school prom, but for others the experience was brand new. 

“It was a magical evening for our participants,” said Sandy Blondin, superintendent of recreation for the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association, in a news release. “Free from the worry of judgment or bullying, dressed in their best outfits and surrounded by friends, everyone felt like prom royalty. Hopefully, this marks the beginning of a new tradition for [Fox Valley Special Recreation Association].”

With more than 100 attendees, the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association prom included a sit-down dinner, a disc jockey, dancing and portrait photograph y.

For more information about the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association, visit www.fvsra.org.

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