Special needs students dance the day away at 6th Annual Spring Dance

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CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A typical day turned into a fairytale for hundreds of students with special needs.

Nearly 200 students with special needs from five Lee County high schools came to the 6th Annual Spring Dance.

This fairytale prom isn’t your typical one, this year’s theme was Hospitality Hoedown. The girls were dressed in their best cowboy boots and guys in cowboy hats.

“I like to see all different friends from other high schools,” said North Fort Myers High School student Vy Tran.

“My favorite part of prom is dancing with other people,” said Ida Baker High School student Michael Ventura.

Most of these students do not attend the school’s traditional prom, so the annual event is held during the day so no one misses a beat.

“We dance, we eat, we socialize, we just have a great time, and it’s just spending that time together and feeling like any other high school student,” said Island Coast High School teacher Stacie Schweizer.

“They talk about it weeks ahead of time, what they are going to wear, how they are going to prepare,” said Mariner High School teacher Carla Jerdan.

The dance is made possible not only by student volunteers and teachers, but also with the help of local businesses.

Making this a day many students will never forget.

“My senior year is the bestest year I ever had!” said Island Coast High School student John Johnson.

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