Northwoods students make prom special for two girls with special needsSubmitted: 04/27/2014
Story By Karolina Buczek

Northwoods students make prom special for two girls with special needs
EAGLE RIVER - Nikki Deditz and Amanda Farrow will always remember their junior prom…and the friends that made it special.

Project UNIFY students at Northland Pines High School wanted to make sure Nikki and Amanda got the same prom experience as any student.

"We're just looking to be able to make memories with each other and have the best prom that we possibly could," said Courtney Heller, the Project UNIFY president.

With the prom invite hanging up in their homes, Nikki and Amanda got to work on their prom look.

They had their hair curled, nails done, and the perfect dresses picked out.

"Really excited, so excited to be going to prom, said Nikki Deditz.

Friends and family members helped Nikki and Amanda get ready.

Their parents wanted them to feel pampered.

"This is her first time having her hair done up. Just doing everything a young lady would want to do this time in her life. The hair, the dress, just really making them feel special," said Arlyce Farrow, Amanda's mom.

Nikki and Amanda were excited to get to prom.

"I like to dance. I get to eat," said Amanda Farrow.

And the parents were excited to see their little girls all dressed up.

"She did look like a princess. You could just tell when she put in on she felt pretty. She'd come out and was walking really elegantly," said Mary Deditz, Nikki's mom.

Nikki and Amanda's families, friends, and teachers all came to see the girls in their dresses.

"Seeing the smile on her face, that's all I want."

Everyone was excited to see Nikki and Amanda just be a part of the girls.

"I'm very thrilled for her. Everyone should have a chance to go and they don't have to have a date. But they're going to go and to feel included by that group is wonderful," said Mary Deditz.

Nikki and Amanda's moms believe the community does a lot to make their daughters happy.

"We are very blessed to live in this community. Such an accepting community, high school, teachers, everyone. It's just been a wonderful experience. I always tell her teacher it takes a village, and we have a wonderful village here," said Mary Deditz.

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