IDER Ala., (WHNT) — Ider High School students are making their homecoming even more memorable, and two of their peers, a night they won’t ever forget.
“So this is Taylor when she was little,” Rita Mitchell says, thumbing through a photo album. The pages are clearly marked – Taylor, age four. Taylor, age six.
Mitchell and her husband adopted Taylor when she was only months old. Like every parent with a little girl, they have dreams.
One of those was to see Taylor on her high school’s homecoming court. However, that wasn’t something they expected to become a reality.
Taylor’s grown up now. She goes to Ider High School in DeKalb County.
Wednesday, Taylor headed home with her mom around noon. Mitchell smiled as she buckled the straps, and straightened the chair inside her white van.
The chair, is actually Taylor’s only means of transportation. She has Cerebral Palsy.
Wednesday was different than a normal day. In exactly 24 hours, Mitchell and her husband will finally see that dream they had for Taylor, the one they never thought would become a reality, come true.
Thursday, Taylor will be wearing a bright red dress, sitting in a truck, as a member of Ider’s homecoming court. “As a parent of a child with special needs you don’t think about things like this, because things like this don’t happen,” Mitchell says.
Taylor was voted to be on the court by Ider’s students. So was another young lady with special needs.
While Mitchell was blown away by the news, Ider principal Jeff Watkins says he and his staff weren’t surprised. “They’re a big part of our school, and we’ve really gotten behind them, and we’re just so proud. So proud.”
Back at the Mitchell home, Taylor sits quietly with a book. Her bright red homecoming dress is on the couch. “This is more about the students at the school, than it is Taylor. Because, had they not done this, had they not been able to look outside of the box, and think outside of the box, this wouldn’t be happening,” Mitchell says.
Taylor’s face lights up almost as bright as her red dress when she talks about the big day.
For Mitchell, seeing her daughter so happy, and knowing it was Taylor’s peers who are responsible, means more than she can convey in words.
“Unreal,” she says, with a smile.