Autauga Co. special needs students raising money for prom - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Autauga Co. special needs students raising money for prom

PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

The cost of going to prom, finding the perfect dress or tuxedo, renting a limo, and pre-dance festivities, has risen to a nationwide average of over $1,100 dollars.  To help offset that cost for 11 students with disabilities in Autauga County, local business are pitching in to help.

"I think a lot of them didn't even realize what the prom was, or they've seen it on TV and didn't think oh that's real life," says the students' teacher, Bethany McKee, Vocational Training Teacher at the Autauga County Technology Center.

The prom is very real for local seniors like Dshawn Jackson.  "For me, prom is the best thing ever," says the 19-year-old with a grin on his face.

Like his Autagua County Vocational Training classmates, he isn't going to let the fact that he has a disability stop him from making memories.

"I'm going with Miss...we're going to have fun, we're going to hit the dance floor," says Jackson.

Jackson and his classmates took part in a fundraiser at Fox's Pizza Den in Prattville.  They bussed tables, refilled drink orders and ran food orders so, like their teacher Bethany McKee says, they can just be normal.

"I think that's important for them to have in their childhood," says McKee.

Students are learning real life skills and tips to help fund their night to remember.

"Our children take for granted going to prom, you know mom and dad can go out and buy them a dress, rent them a tuxedo or limousine, these kids didn't have that opportunity, you know these kids are doing everything they can to find their way in the world," says Fox's Pizza Den Director of Operations, Patrick Harrington.

The students are learning their way in the world with big dreams and a mindset that will take them far beyond high-school.

"Helping me is to do math and count money and hopefully I have a chance to go to college," says Jackson.

The students have raised over $400 dollars and Fox's Pizza Den expects to add another $120 to that.  To help fund the Vocational Training Class' trip to prom, visit Bethany McKee's blog for more information mrsbethanymckee.blogspot.com

Copyright 2014 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • US Marines' bravery celebrated 100 years after French battle

    US Marines' bravery celebrated 100 years after French battle

    Sunday, May 27 2018 8:04 AM EDT2018-05-27 12:04:22 GMT
    Monday, May 28 2018 3:36 AM EDT2018-05-28 07:36:57 GMT
    (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo). U.S. Marine Corps soldiers stand beneath the U.S. flag during a Memorial Day commemoration at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France, Sunday, May 27, 2018.(AP Photo/Virginia Mayo). U.S. Marine Corps soldiers stand beneath the U.S. flag during a Memorial Day commemoration at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France, Sunday, May 27, 2018.

    High-ranking military officials from the U.S., France and Germany have taken part in Memorial Day ceremonies at an American cemetery in northern France to mark the centennial of the battle of Belleau Wood, a key...

    More >>

    High-ranking military officials from the U.S., France and Germany have taken part in Memorial Day ceremonies at an American cemetery in northern France to mark the centennial of the battle of Belleau Wood, a key moment in Marine Corps history.

    More >>
  • Freed after 2 years, man jailed in Venezuela returns to US

    Freed after 2 years, man jailed in Venezuela returns to US

    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:53 AM EDT2018-05-26 13:53:22 GMT
    Monday, May 28 2018 3:36 AM EDT2018-05-28 07:36:40 GMT
    Senator Corker’s office tweeted out an image of Josh Holt and his wife before leaving Venezuela. (Source: Twitter/@SenBobCorker)Senator Corker’s office tweeted out an image of Josh Holt and his wife before leaving Venezuela. (Source: Twitter/@SenBobCorker)

    A Utah man has been released from a jail in Venezuela after spending nearly two years behind bars on weapons charges.

    More >>

    A Utah man has been released from a jail in Venezuela after spending nearly two years behind bars on weapons charges.

    More >>
  • LeBron's 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

    LeBron's 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:14 PM EDT2018-05-28 03:14:46 GMT
    Monday, May 28 2018 3:36 AM EDT2018-05-28 07:36:30 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charles Krupa). Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James soars to dunk in front of Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) and forward Marcus Morris (13) during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, ...(AP Photo/Charles Krupa). Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James soars to dunk in front of Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) and forward Marcus Morris (13) during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, ...
    LeBron James scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists to earn an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the...More >>
    LeBron James scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists to earn an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.More >>
Powered by Frankly