Children's Health

Minnesota special needs prom offers free night of fun



A group of special needs young adults in St. Michael, Minn., took to the dance floor on Sunday night at a free prom event that included a formal outfit, hair and makeup, professional photography and a limo ride to the dance. Each teen also was matched with a volunteer as their “date” for the night.

“She doesn't get to do a lot of things that typical teenagers do so it's very special,” Colene Verdick, mother of 19-year-old Hannah Verdick, told Fox 9.

Hannah was so excited for the event that she used a calendar to mark off the days until the dance.

"Every day, I can't wait for prom, I can't wait for my pink dress,” Colene recalled her daughter saying.

“Oh my goodness, I look fabulous!” Hannah said as her hair was styled.

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The event was held at St. Michael-Albertville Senior High School, a day after the school’s prom so the teens could attend prom around the same time as their peers. Students were welcomed on a red carpet by  the Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders, Wright County Sheriff’s Deputies and supporters.

It was the first year for the special needs prom, which was made possible by donations of time and money, and sponsor Westbridge Community Church said they hope to make it an annual event.