Rhen Huizenga, shown with his father Davey, was selected King of the Bi-County Prom held in Rock Falls recently.
Prophetstown Royalty (video)16:02 PM May 03, 2018
It's Prom season and high school students everywhere are enjoying the last big fling before the end of the school year. It's a night of food, dancing, and fun that will be burned into their memories for a lifetime.
There was a recent prom that looked like all the others with beautiful dresses, tuxedoes, a D.J. and a fancy dinner, but unlike most others with a storied history, it was only the fourth year for this special event for a group of local students.
The prom was especailly significant to Prophetstown resident Rhen Huizenga, who was selected as king for this year's event. Complete with crown and sash Huzienga partied with thirty-eight classmates at the Rock River Country Club after a meal at the Candelight Inn.
The Bi-County Special Education Cooperative began holding a prom for its high school students three years ago. The co-op provides." a positive, caring educational experience, rendered in the least restrictive environment, to all students found eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Act." Bi-County website
Teacher Taylor Breedlove is credited with starting the prom. Kim Martin, who heads up the Bi-County classroom at the Whiteside Area Career Center has kept it going. "Several of my students were curious about prom, but often were unable to attend one for a variety of reasons, so we decided to have our own," said Martin. The event has grown and flourished with community members and businesses joing in to make sure that the prom is on par with any other.
The students hold fundraisers to help with the cost of the event throughout the year while donors contribute dresses, tuxedos, and other prom necessaties to make the event complete.
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