Special Needs Prom

VVUHSD holds 7th annual Special Needs Prom
Posted on 04/06/2018

The Victor Valley Union High School District held its seventh annual Special Needs prom this week, giving more than 300 students a chance to experience one of the traditions of high school life.

VVUHSD holds the district-wide event for special needs students who may not be able to attend their school’s prom, and a different school site is used each year. This year’s prom was held at Victor Valley High during the school day on Thursday.

Students from around the district were provided with transportation by the district and joined by parents and staff members. Victor Valley High teacher and AVID Coordinator Shannen Avila organized this year’s Special Needs Prom with the help of many of her sophomore AVID students.

The VVHS sophomores are mainstream students who donated their time to plan the event, make decorations and greet the prom attendees on a red carpet as they arrived.      

“It makes me really happy to see them dancing and having a good time,” said VVHS student Edward Fuentes, one of the volunteers.

The prom also featured food served by VVHS culinary arts students and professional photography provided by district employee Jonas Cabrera.

For the second straight year, the prom also featured a Transition Fair set up by VVHS special education teacher Galen Garrison. The fair provides an opportunity for students and their parents to meet with organizations and employers that offer transition services and jobs to special needs students after graduation.

“It’s been such an amazing event,” Avila said. ___ Top photo: Prom attendees Elena Gutierrez of Cobalt Institute of Math and Science, left, and Anita Garibay of Adelanto High School.
Bottom photo: VVHS teacher Shannen Avila (standing, fourth from left) and many of her 10th-grade students organized and planned the Special Needs Prom.
_ Prom Volunteers

  • Victor Valley Adult School