Teacher makes prom for special needs kids

Teacher makes prom for special needs kids

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by Art Edwards, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on May 9, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Updated Saturday, May 10 at 10:49 AM

GRESHAM, Ore. -- The prom is a very special time for a lot of people. But not everyone can make it to their school's prom.

So some special students filled Gresham Skate World Friday for the annual prom for students with disabilities.

The event was organized by special education teacher Brett Bigham from the Multnomah Education Services District, also Oregon’s ‘Teacher of the Year.’

Several years ago, he realized there was a void that needed to be filled. So he started the prom for students with special needs.

The prom has grown every year and touches the hearts of a lot of people.

"You couldn't ask for a better feeling," Bigham said during a break in the festivities. "There's nothing else like it in my life. It's my absolute favorite day of the year."

A lot of parents were at the prom Friday. They say they love seeing their children have such a great time.

"I think this is the most amazing thing that happens to these kids in all the world," said parent Kristin Hilficker.

She and her daughter Joanne had huge smiles on their faces as they danced along with everyone else.

A very excited Rafa Lem summed it up.

"We had a lot of fun today. Oh yeah. A lot of fun today! Woo, hoo!”

 

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