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A night to shine

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KHS teacher creates a prom for special students

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KEMP–Every year the special needs classes at Kemp High School are taken to a special need’s prom at Prestonwood Baptist Church located in Plano. This year due to COVID-19, the church was having the prom on the football field to allow for social distancing. With a good amount of rain forecasted the prom was changed to a drive-thru event. 
“That option was not best for us or even feasible for us to do,” said KISD Life Skills Teacher Monica Beavers. “All my students had already bought dresses and suits and I knew we couldn’t cancel.” 
Beavers reached out to her church First Baptist of Kemp and within two short days a prom was pulled together for the students. Cheryl Kinney’s Floral Design class made corsages and boutonnieres, Coach Jamie Martin with Jacket Radio assisted with prom music on a thumb drive, Kim Watson’s Family Career and Community Leaders of America(FCCLA) Leadership Team helped move chairs and decorate the church. Several KISD co-workers and the administration team at Kemp High School also pitched in to help with Beavers’ task. 
Dianna Haley, Robin Neely and Pastor Russell Bryan at First Baptist Church in Kemp provided almost all the decorations and snacks as well as a welcoming atmosphere for the guests. 
Beavers, along with the assistance of KHS staff, has taught these students how important working together and overcoming obstacles can be, what a great life skill for students to learn. 
“We have all had a hard time with COVID and the challenges of 2020 and my students are no exception. Prom is their ‘night to shine’ and I am so thankful that we all had this experience,” says Beavers.