Heroes In Blue Goes to the Prom!
We were honored to join Richland County Sheriff’s Department for the Mardis Gras Prom for students with special needs on Friday March 24! Brandie and Kory from Forest Acres Police Dept volunteered for #HeroesInBlue.
For the event, Richland County Sheriff’s Department teamed up with the senior student body from Richland District Two Schools to treat special needs students to a Mardis Gras themed prom.
Brandie shared with us that she spent some time talking with an aid at Richland Northeast High School who said that the kids are like velcro on her. Brandie saw it with her own eyes! The aid shared that sometimes the students can show so much love it can be overwhelming. When she asks why they do that, they say, “Because I love you.”
This prom is the only chance some of the kids get to go to prom and for some it was their first dance ever. Brandie shared that, “The parents that attended looked so proud. Straightening ties and brushing hair out of faces, snapping photos and shooting video. It struck me right in the heart that for some of the parents, this is a milestone life event that they may have thought their child would never have. I sort of took for granted that everybody had a prom. Whether you decided to go or not the event was there, but for some students, that isn’t reality.”
She shared a touching story where a woman was pushing a young lady in a wheelchair. The woman pushing the student said, “I’m so tired, I just want to sit down, but she want s to keep moving. Today is all about her so, we’re going to keep moving!”
Brandie shared, “We could all learn a lot for these special kids. They were all inclusive. It didn’t matter your level of ability or mobility. Staff, student, teacher, parent, or cop it didn’t matter. Today, you were just someone to snap a picture and dance with. I had a great time. I hope I get the chance to do another event like this!”
We love it! Thank you RCSD and thank you