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For most teenagers, prom is a necessary part of the overall high school experience.

This is why Leadership York alumni volunteers came together in 2013 to host the first prom at Leg Up Farm for students of the Lincoln Intermediate Unit and the Soaring Heights program.

The prom gives special-needs students the chance to experience a traditional high school event while being immersed in an easygoing atmosphere. The free event hosts approximately 40 students every year.

Unlike other proms, students are encouraged to wear attire that matches the prom theme for the year. This alleviates the stress of purchasing expensive gowns and tuxedos or paying for professional hair and makeup styling.

This year the theme of Leg Up Farm’s prom on Friday was A Magical Evening (Disney). Past themes have included Mardi Gras, luau and country western.

Activities at the prom include more than the typical dinner and dancing. Students who attended the dance this year were treated to a makeup artist, photo booth, catering and a DJ.

All logistics were handled by the Leadership York alumni volunteers, who utilized the Leg Up Farm facility to make the event possible.

Maura Musselman of Leg Up Farm described the event as all-inclusive.

“To give them the feeling of being invited to traditional prom but in a more relaxed atmosphere allows them to feel comfortable yet special at the same time,” she said.

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