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Lasting memories for special needs students

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - A unique prom was set up for special needs students from all over East Texas, since many of these students find that traditional proms aren't any fun.

"I've participated in a whole lot of proms over the years. I've been in education 21 years and this prom ... the kids come, they dance the whole time. You will hardly see any kids sitting," says Stephanie Hawkins, West Rusk Special Ed Director.

Hawkins says these students have an extra appreciation for this dance. They don't often have the opportunity to participate in rites of passage many teenagers take for granted.

Organizers say everything is donated for this event. ETMC Henderson even arranged to have a nurse at the prom for safety.

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