Nazareth Academy students to host second annual Prom Night for Teens with Disabilities
LA GRANGE PARK—Teens with disabilities will “buddy” up with Nazareth Academy students for a Prom Night event on March 9 from 7 to 9 at the school’s Springer Hall and Dining Hall. Admission is free, and attendees don’t have to bring a date, but all teens with disabilities will get his or her own Nazareth “buddy” for the evening.
The Nazareth Friends in Service and Hospitality (F.I.S.H.) have partnered with ASPIRE Illinois to coordinate the event, now in its second year.
“We see this as a great opportunity for Nazareth students to promote a relationship with people with disabilities and develop an understanding of mental health conditions and diagnosis. What we discovered last year is that our students felt a real sense of joy at being able to provide such a special night for fellow teens,” said Rosemary Caragher, head of Nazareth’s Campus Ministry program.
F.I.S.H. leaders Jocelyn Rios (Stickney) and Matthew Serafin (La Grange Park) have been planning the event all year, and with help from the Nazareth Student Council, they expect more than 80 Nazareth participants at this year’s Prom.
“There is so much we take for granted here at Nazareth in terms of what we have and the milestones we get to experience. We don’t see students with disabilities and it’s easy to forget that they don’t have the social opportunities we have. I am so proud to help plan an event like this,” Rios said.
Everyone will be welcomed on the green carpet, as this year’s theme will coincide with the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. There will be a photographer on-hand providing photos to guests, and just like any prom, there will be snacks, games, flowers, music and, of course, dancing aplenty.
Guests can wear prom dresses and tuxedos, but ties and less-formal dresses are encouraged, too.
To ensure the perfect Prom night for their guests, Nazareth students are working to secure sponsorships and donations.
“As hard as the students work, we can’t make this event a success without the cooperation from area businesses,” explains Caragher. “They have helped with donations of everything from flowers to food to gift certificates.”
“We are just in the planning stages now, but we have confirmed Keith Christopher as DJ and Sign Express has donated the printing. Last year, so many businesses came through with donations. We’re hoping to exceed that and add more items and treats for our guests,” said Serafin.
Due to the many details that go in to making this the perfect night for each guest, confirmed reservations are required.
To receive details and get your name on the Prom list, please RSVP to: email@example.com.
Or visit https://sites.google.com/site/nazarethfishprom/ for online registration and event updates.
For further questions or to get involved with this effort, please call Mrs. Caragher at 708-387-8520.