Students, volunteers have a ball at special needs prom
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Students in Rick Boothby's special day class at Patterson High School enjoy the "Enchantment Under the Sea"-themed Special Needs Prom on Saturday, March 23 at Modesto's Del Rio Country Club.--Photo courtesy of Rick Boothby
Students in Rick Boothby's special day class at Patterson High School enjoy the "Enchantment Under the Sea"-themed Special Needs Prom on Saturday, March 23 at Modesto's Del Rio Country Club.--Photo courtesy of Rick Boothby
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Alexis Oropeza, left, of Rick Boothby's special day class at Patterson High School dances with Patterson High School volunteer Jolani Reynoso at the Special Needs Prom.--Photo courtesy of Rick Boothby
Alexis Oropeza, left, of Rick Boothby's special day class at Patterson High School dances with Patterson High School volunteer Jolani Reynoso at the Special Needs Prom.--Photo courtesy of Rick Boothby
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Scott Wickham of Rick Boothby's special day class at Patterson High dances with his grandmother, Roberta Petty at the Special Needs Prom.--Photo courtesy of Rick Boothby
Scott Wickham of Rick Boothby's special day class at Patterson High dances with his grandmother, Roberta Petty at the Special Needs Prom.--Photo courtesy of Rick Boothby
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Seven Patterson High School special needs students and 11 local volunteers enjoyed a night of "Enchantment Under the Sea" on Saturday, March 23 at a Special Needs Prom at Modesto's Del Rio Country Club.

The event, hosted by the Society for Handicapped Children and Adults, was free for participants and volunteers and included pictures, dinner, dessert and lots of dancing, according Rick Boothby, the teacher of Patterson High School's severely handicapped class.

"Our students and their parents were so impressed with the prom and we all keep talking about how great of a time we all had," Boothby said. "They made the event and night a time to remember for years to come."

Eight of the 11 volunteers who attended were high school students, while the other three were adults. Some of the students' family members also attended, Boothby said.

Patterson High student activities director Season Lozano helped find the volunteers and provided prom dresses for girls in Boothby's class from a campus-wide "Project Prom" closet of donated clothing.

Lisa Bellini and Olivia Bettencourt of Just Teasin’ salon in Patterson did hairstyling for prom participants.

Boothby said he was proud of Patterson High and the students, community members and volunteers who for helped with the event. He and other volunteers look forward to next year's prom, he said.

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