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‘Day Prom’ Celebrated

Fairfax High School students Sayed and Kendall dance with Lake Braddock senior Stephanie Masters at the May 9 “Day Prom” held at the Fair Oaks Waterford.

Fairfax High School students Sayed and Kendall dance with Lake Braddock senior Stephanie Masters at the May 9 “Day Prom” held at the Fair Oaks Waterford. Photo by Deb Cobb.

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South Lakes adaptive cooking teacher Jennifer Brown brings her 4-month-old son Sam to the May 9 “Day Prom” that many of her students are attending. The event is held for students with special needs that might not be able to attend their general education prom.

On Thursday, May 9, Herndon High School hosted a very special prom at the Waterford at Fair Oaks in Fairfax. Called the “Day Prom” the event is held for students with special needs that might not be able to attend their general education prom. In addition to great music, dancing and food, the dance is also a learning event. Students get a socialization experience and practice skills that will transfer to any social or family event, from the RSVP, to how to dress, how to behave, dancing, eating and interacting with new people. Now in its 12th year, the Day Prom was conceived of by two teachers at Herndon High School—Chris Pascarella and Anna Albsta.

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Kilmer Center student Paco Morales dances with Oakton High School student Maddie Farmer at the May 9 “Day Prom” held at the Fair Oaks Waterford. It its 12th year, the event is held for students with special needs that might not be able to attend their general education prom.

Four schools attended the inaugural Day Prom. This year, students from Herndon High School, Oakton High School, Fairfax High School, Westfield High School, Lake Braddock High School, Kilmer Center School, South Lakes High School and Centreville High School participated in the event.