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Special needs prom attracts 150

Lori Schroer enjoys a night of socializing and dancing with friends. Connie Vandermay/FOCUS

Freshwater Education District's annual special needs prom was held at the New York Mills City Hall last Friday. More than 150 individuals, from school age all the way to 70, enjoyed this opportunity to dance and socialize.

Event coordinator Marlette Anderson-Otto said parents have told her this event is looked forward to even more than Christmas.

Prom-goers enjoyed free soda from the NY Mills Lions and a meal from Eagles Café. Many other civic groups have been annual supporters of the prom.

Participating school districts included: New York Mills, Perham, Bertha-Hewitt, Browerville, Eagle Valley, Henning, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Menahga, Pillager, Sebeka, Staples-Motley, Verndale and Wadena-Deer Creek. People from area group homes and Productive Alternatives were also invited.

The Freshwater Education District's mission is to increase and improve educational opportunities for all learners. It serves as a link and resource for the 12 school districts in central Minnesota that it represents.