200 young adults with special needs enjoy prom in Greenfield

Posted at 11:32 AM, Jun 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-04 12:41:17-04
A couple hundred young adults with special needs got VIP treatment for a prom they won’t soon forget.
High school students with special needs are invited to their school proms, but some don’t feel comfortable going. Saturday night in Greenfield was all about showing them love and support. 
Hundreds lined the red carpet event with a giant American flag hanging from two firefighter ladders. Each attendees name was read aloud as they strutted down the aisle in their best. 
“I feel like crying (happy tears) because this is my first prom,” said Demetrius Jackson. 
The cheers in the crowd were outmatched by the smiles and dance moves of those being celebrated. 
“I just love getting attention from all the people around me,” said Hannah Rehfelet. 
For David Sherman, the night to remember started with a couple orders from his significant other. 
“With the help of my girlfriend, she told me what colors to wear,” he said. “Both of our favorite colors are pink.”
Young adults from all over southeastern Wisconsin were invited to the event where they won’t feel marginalized. Parent Steven Witt knows all too well.
“The very first year he came, he wasn’t even allowed to go to his high school prom,” said Witt. “Then they had the prom here so he had the chance to experience it. 
The experience included free outfits, transportation, dinner, pictures and a DJ thanks to the support of the Greenfield community. It was one night of pure joy, with the hope of making new friends for the future. 
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