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Rockford area special needs children get the star treatment

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ROCKFORD (WREX) -

Prom is a rite of passage for most teenagers. Friday night, almost 200 kids who might not normally go to prom go their time to shine.

When you look back on your prom was it a good experience? Well thanks to hundreds of volunteers, Rockford area special needs students can answer yes.

"They love it and it's something they look forward to every year." -says make-up team volunteer Theresa Kegley.

'A Night to Remember' is all about the star treatment, from getting a great outfit, beautiful hair-do and stunning make-up, to hitting the red carpet, having a professional photo taken and dancing the night away.

"I love coming out here to help everybody and see the amazing time everyone's having and just the great experience that this is." -says -says high school junior Austin Odling.

For students with special needs, it's not always easy to do the every day tasks we take for granted.

It's not just the kids who get a kick out of the event.

"I get more as a volunteer in being able to help out and make a girl feel pretty." -Kegley explains.

A Night to Remember Prom is a completely free event hosted by Delta, a Heartland Church high school ministry group. It's more than tripled in size since the first dance seven years ago.

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