Students Enjoy A Night To Remember


STATELINE (WIFR) -- Hundreds of Stateline students got a chance to enjoy their prom night like no other. For these students tonight was a chance to let loose.

Out of the limo and onto the red carpet, some Stateline students are celebrating prom night in grand style.

"I can't wait for tonight," said 14 year-old Nicole Lentik. She's never experienced anything like tonight before as she's joining 200 special needs students at Heartland Community Church for the 7th Annual Night to Remember.

Greg Giamalva coordinated the event. He says he's happy to show these students the time of their lives.

"It's just showing love and that's what our church is all about," said Giamalva. "Our guests are leaving with memories...and they get to come and feel like a mainstream student because they get to come out and be like every other student. They get to dance...they get to eat...they get to hang out and be celebrated."

Each special guest got the full treatment with over 700 volunteers pitching in to do make-up, fix hair, pick jewelry, and help the students find the right flower. For some volunteers, the guests smiles made today's efforts worthwhile.

"It's exciting to be a part of," said Cassie Long. To see Nicole and other students just light up with all the attention...and she looks just beautiful tonight."

Nicole’s family stayer by her side for most of tonight. They say they're happy to see her having so much fun.

"I'm not sure if she'll ever experience anything like this...as she gets older," said Nicole's mom Teresa. "I wish her to have fun and just have a great time."

"It's actually really cool," said Nicole's younger sister Tracy. "I may not be able to see it again...just...proud of her."

For Nicole and other students here, tonight may very well turn out to be a night to remember.

The church expressed how grateful they are to all the volunteers who helped tonight.


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