SHERBURNE – Friday started the prom season for Sherburne-Earlville High School with a Mardi Gras themed special programs prom, which included the BOCES district. The prom was held from 7-10 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
“It's different than the junior prom,” explained organizer Dawn Dando. “It includes the whole BOCES district,” she said. And this year, it included Sidney and Afton as well.
This is the ninth year that S-E has hosted the prom and Dando estimated there were approximately 45 attendees. She explained that the prom was originally her idea and was an event she used to coordinate while working for BOCES 12 years ago.
“This prom is extremely important to all that attend because it gives them the opportunity to attend a prom without all the social barriers that come with the disabilities,” said Dando.
She has received a great deal of support and donations from the local community and neighboring businesses. The cafeteria was decorated with large Mardi Gras masks, streamers and glittering ornaments that hung from the ceiling. Upon first entering, there was also a line of students waiting to have their picture taken.