Students with special needs celebrate prom

(WBIR-Sevierville) A Sevier County High School student is making sure her peers with special needs get the prom they deserve.

Jordan Jeffers, a junior at SCHS, had the idea to put together the prom about three years ago to help receive the Girl Scout Gold Award.

She created it for middle and high school students with special needs.

"So that they could feel special about themselves and feel like they are the most beautiful person in the world. Cause I know I like to feel that way," Jeffers said.

"One Special Night" took place at First United Methodist Church in Sevierville.

The night started with makeovers for the girls. Dresses and tuxes were also provided.

Many teenage girls helped with the hair, makeup and nails. Jeffers hopes friendships can form during prom.

"They're in their own group, like right in the center of the cafeteria and then everybody else is around them. And it's always like that. It's never different. Nobody ever sits with them," she said.

Lauren Osborne, 21, is a SCHS senior with special needs. This was her first prom. She tried attending one in 8th grade but never made it inside. Her mother said Lauren does not like big crowds or lots of loud noises.

Lauren's sister, Baylee Osborne, is in 6th grade and was able to attend the prom with her.

Baylee thought the night was special saying, "Yeah, because all she does is go to school and come back."

More than 30 kids with special needs attended the prom.


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