ELK GROVE, CA - Students at Elk Grove's Jessie Baker School are preparing for a big night out. Students 12 to 22 will attend their first prom.
Jessie Baker School was developed almost 50 years ago as the first school in California to work with developmentally delayed students. Jessie Baker currently educates 170 students ages 3 to 22 who have been diagnosed with conditions from mild autism to Down Syndrome.
Kathy Dona, the school's principal for 21 years, is thrilled her students are finally going to a prom. "The students are amazing. I consider them humanity at their most pure," she said.
The students, many of whom are teenagers, are excited too. Michelle, 17, is looking forward to dressing up."I got my dress already. My mom is taking me to get my hair and nails done," Micheele said.
The Hyatt Regency in Sacramento has donated a ballroom for the event which takes place on Sunday, Oct. 17. A deejay has volunteered his services and many dresses have been donated. However, the school wants to make sure every student is able attend and needs help putting together the finishing touches.
The school is asking for gift cards to craft stores, Target and Kohl's for more clothing and accessories, as well as cash or checks. Donations can be mailed or dropped off at the school by Friday, Oct. 15 and checks can be made out to Jessie Baker School Prom Fund. The school's address is 8850 Southside Avenue, Elk Grove, CA 95624.
The Associated Press