Somerville Special Needs Prom Gets Financial Boost

SOMERVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – For high school kids, the prom is one of the most memorable nights of their young lives.  In Morgan County, the Somerville and Hartselle Civitan Clubs are making sure special needs students in the area get the same experience. One woman in particular works hard to make it a night to remember!

WHNT NEWS 19 walked up the ramp to go inside the Old Somerville Courthouse. The Somerville and Hartselle Civitan Club members were meeting to hash out the details of this year’s special needs prom. We caught Nancy Busby off guard.

We explained that we were there to Pay it Forward with $319 in cash. Almost as soon as Nancy got the money, she graciously gave it away.

“It makes me feel humbled, but at the same time, everyone in here deserves it because one person can’t do it,” says Busby. “That’s why we have civitan, to work together to do things. I would like to go ahead and present this money to the man that set me up.”

That man would be Somerville Civitan Club President Michael Rea, who says they will use the money to make the prom even better.

“The opportunity to make it bigger and better every year humbles your heart,” says Rea. “You just wouldn’t believe how the kids respond. They have such a blast!”

The prom is free to those who attend. It’s also a time to have your picture made, eat good food and dance with friends. It all begins with the caring hearts and hard work of people like Nancy Busby and the Civitan Club.

The special needs prom is tentatively set for the 3rd weekend in June. Last year, about 40 kids and their parents came. This year, the event will be at a bigger facility to hopefully get more people to come.

2 comments

  • O. E. Cruiser Small

    Thanks Clarissa McClain, Anchor/Reporter at WHNT News 19 and Station WHNT for covering this, and for the donation of paying it forward. Great Job Nancy Busby, Michael Rea and the Somerville and Hartselle Civitan Clubs ! Great Article too! Civitans is all about helping and giving!

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