It’s a rite of Spring – PROM! And the students at Notre Dame School look forward to this magical evening with great anticipation. Prom dates are asked, dresses are chosen and corsages are purchased. Securing appointments for hair and nails is a top priority, and many young ladies checked out of school a little early to get ready for the evening!
This year Notre Dame School prom was held at The Grove Church in North Dallas. Pastor Stephen Lohoefer reached out to Notre Dame School and asked how his congregation could get involved. In addition to hosting the event, they rolled out the red carpet – literally – for the students, assembled party favors and even jumped into the dance line! The Grove welcomed each student as they arrived with high-fives and welcome posters. One church member said, “This is the most fun I’ve had on a Friday night in a long time.”
“Our students are afforded the same social opportunities as their peers in other schools. They have prom, graduation, field trips and sports,” explains Carol Battalora, teacher for the Upper School program and parent of a Notre Dame School student. “But Prom is definitely the highlight of the year for our older students. They love getting dressed up and they love to dance!”
It’s a night they will never forget.
Notre Dame School educates students with developmental disabilities and facilitates their integration into society. As the only school in Dallas exclusively serving this student population, Notre Dame School is a unique educational resource in our city and provides special education to 163 students ages 6 to 22. Notre Dame School is a Catholic school and is sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame.