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Columbia County special-needs students party at prom

Special-needs students get an evening to remember

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Decorations, music, dancing and photos.

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Amanda Freeman (from left) helps Kenesha Tate and Kaitlin Allie get their corsages at the prom for special-needs students held at Be My Guest Catering. Be My Guest worked with Amanda and others on the event.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Amanda Freeman (from left) helps Kenesha Tate and Kaitlin Allie get their corsages at the prom for special-needs students held at Be My Guest Catering. Be My Guest worked with Amanda and others on the event.

It was prom for dozens of Co­lumbia County special-needs students Saturday in Evans.

“It’s everything we wanted and more,” said Greenbrier High School senior Amanda Free­man, one of the prom organizers.

She and Lakeside senior Mary Michael Stetz planned the event for students in special-needs programs at all five county high schools as their senior projects.

Students dressed to the nines arrived on a red carpet and were greeted by flashbulbs as part of the evening’s Hollywood theme.

Terri Freeman, the owner of Be My Guest in Evans, wanted to hold a similar event and recruited Freeman – no relation – and Stetz to organize it.

The festivities included formal photos and costumes for wacky pictures. A DJ kept the music going as students hit the dance floor.

Greenbrier student Tavonte Hawes, 18, brought his Michael Jackson moves to the dance floor.

“Literally all week long, it’s all we’ve heard about,” said Jennifer Perez, a special-needs teacher and supervisor of the Buddy Club.

Many parents sat out of the way smiling as they watched their children socialize, laugh and dance.

Greenbrier’s Kaitlin Allie, 16, was the event’s social butterfly, greeting everyone with a big smile.

“She wouldn’t have this opportunity had this not have happened,” said her mother, Jean, who spent the day helping her daughter get ready. “We are so grateful.”


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