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Night to Shine

This morning I received a link to this amazing organization.  I needed to share it with you all today!  (Thank you Illi!  I love how you send me random bits of awesomness!!)

I think for the most part, the majority of you can look back and remember your prom night almost perfectly.  For the girls, the day consisted of getting our hair done, getting our make up just right and finally getting dressed in the dress that took weeks to find!  For that one night, everyone is a princess!  Unfortunately, for a lot of teens with special needs, this night never happens.  Yes, there are amazing stories of teens who go to schools where their peers have accepted and loved them.  They are able to join in on all the glitz and glamor of the night and cherish the memories they are making.  But sadly that isn’t the case worldwide.  Which is why, Night to Shine is so amazing!

What Is Night to Shine?

Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. On one night, February 10, 2017, 375 churches, from around the world, hosted Night to Shine for 75,000 honored guests through the support of 150,000 volunteers!

Check out the Official 2017 Night to Shine Highlight Video featuring Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts below:
https://youtu.be/kfSLyfFwDks

Doesn’t that look like just the best night ever!?  Each invite is treated to the royal treatment and through the night, each one will be crowned King or Queen of the Prom 🙂  How amazing that for this special event, each teen is given their chance to shine, the way they were intended to.  I would love for Jana to experience something like this one day!  Who knows, maybe she’ll even be able to meet her Prince Mikey face-to-face 😉

Learn more, or even help out by checking out this link!  Night to Shine

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Friends fight school for boy with Down Syndrome

I think it’s my biggest fear.  That Jana will attend school one day and the kids will not accept her.  All we hear about are school bully’s and how horrible kids with disabilities are treated.  I remember being in school and honestly hardly ever interacting with any of the “special ed” kids.

This story brings a smile to my face!!  When a young boy, Brady, was told he could no longer attend the school he had grown up in, his classmates rallied round and fought to keep him there.  Why was he being moved?  Because the school didn’t feel that they were fit to give Brady the schooling he needs.  Unfortunately, this happens quite often.  Children with special needs cost the school more money than typical children do.  So a majority of students are sent to schools that focus on specialized care.

Thankfully Brady was given the OK to attend school with his longtime friends for another year.  This might be something his mother has to continue to fight for.  But it seems to me, Brady’s friendships are worth the fight!

Check out the full article here:  Friends fight school for boy with Down syndrome

“He’s one of the kindest kids in our grade,” proclaimed Owen Armstrong, 10. “Every day, I wake up and I’m looking forward to school because Brady goes there.” “He’s taught me so many things through the time that I’ve known him. … He lights up the room whenever he’s around. He helps people when they’re down,” said Ella Blakeley, 11. “He makes people laugh.”