Special needs Prom gives students a night to remember


Emily Distefano

Every year, Mission Church of Ventura CA, organizes a Prom for special needs students called A Night to Remember for people between the ages of 12-25. Held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on May 18 at 6:30 p.m, the prom was held to honor students with special needs. It’s completely free of charge, and guests are provided with a student host, dress or tuxedo, professional makeup and hairstyling done by volunteers, a corsage or boutonniere, a ride in a limo, and their photos taken on the red carpet with cheering paparazzi.

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Students from VHS tend to participate at this event by volunteer to be a host/hostess. Each student host is paired with a guest for the evening to experience the event with them. They eat, dance, take pictures, and ride in the limo with them. Mission Church wants all hosts to make sure their guest feels safe, comfortable, and celebrated.

Senior Finn Anderson, who hosted a student at the event, said, “It was my first time going. I had a lot of fun, and the guests seemed really happy. I would definitely do it again”.

Karina Inda another senior at VHS shared her experience by saying, “This was my first time doing it and it was a life changing event. The smallest things made the guests so happy, and that’s how humanity should be. We need to love more. Dancing was so exciting and fun with all my friends and their dates/guests in a huge circle, it was definitely a night to remember, and I’m most definitely doing it next year!”