Nazareth’s fourth FISH Prom for Teens with Disabilities was a wonderful night on March 11. "This is always such a special and cornerstone event for us at Naz. There is no doubt that these particular efforts embody the heart and soul of our mission," says Mr. Tracy. Enormous thanks to our steering committee - Brooke, Maggie, Maya, Monika and Mary Clare, all of our 100+ student volunteers, our adult helpers and Sara Hawkins Pendergrass '07 for offering helpful advice to our volunteers.
It was, without question, a celebration of our "dear neighbor" and an example of "lighting our world, that all may be one."
Maya Vondrasek ‘17 is a co-leader of the Helping Hand service team and was a FISH Prom buddy in 2015. “I absolutely loved the experience of being a buddy and wanted to get more involved this year. I am devoted to this service project because I believe it truly lives out the Congregation of St. Joseph's mission.”
“Through this Prom and the FISH program overall, I have found my passion for working with those with disabilities and will pursue a physical or occupational therapy degree in college,” says Mary Clare Harrington ‘17 who was also a 2015 buddy. “I hope our guests had a wonderful night and that they felt special.”
Capitalizing on the St. Patrick’s Day theme, guests entered Springer Hall down a “green” carpet. They danced the night away to our DJ’s tunes, snacked on a wide array of refreshments, played games with Naz students and posed for funny pictures in the SMILE-sponsored photo booth.
“Everything about that night is focused around our guests and that is what really makes it special,” explains Maggie Reynolds ‘17. “Our guests deserve a fantastic night. Prom is a rite of passage and every high schooler should have the opportunity to experience a night of their very own.”
Anthony Gonzalez, a Nazareth Social Studies teacher who has been involved with all of Nazareth’s FISH Proms, finds the experience invaluable. “I was raised in education because my mother taught special education for almost 35 years. I always wanted to continue to develop meaningful connections to a community that enriched my life over the years. Service is not something I ever get tired of. That night, when I see our students come together with our community in such a special way, I like to take a step back and just absorb the moment. Their excitement to experience what everyone should reminds me of why I am in education and why I love being involved at Nazareth. No one does it better than we do.”
Published on: Feb 21, 2017