2017 Night to Shine at Shoreland [Gigi’s Joy Photography: Racine Special Needs Photographer]

Tim Tebow Night to Shine Prom Shoreland Lutheran High School

A few weeks ago, Shoreland Lutheran High School partnered with the Tim Tebow Foundation in order to put on a very special event called Night to Shine. This event was geared for teenagers and adults with special needs to give them the experience of a prom with extra accomodations.

Tim Tebow Night to Shine Prom Shoreland Lutheran High SchoolHours and hours of volunteer time were logged to prepare for this event. While last minutes adjustments were made, you could feel the nervous energy in the room. The picture above shows the room full of the Shoreland student volunteers who were waiting for the evening to begin.

Tim Tebow Night to Shine Prom Shoreland Lutheran High School

Once they arrived, guests were warmly greeted and sent off to hair and make-up for touch-ups.

Tim Tebow Night to Shine Prom Shoreland Lutheran High School

Guests could take advantage of the special shoe shine station before they went on to formal portraits. Tim Tebow Night to Shine Prom Shoreland Lutheran High School

Tim Tebow Night to Shine Prom Shoreland Lutheran High School

A printer was on site so that the guests could leave with their portrait at the end of the evening.

Tim Tebow Night to Shine Prom Shoreland Lutheran High SchoolFolks headed to the back of the school for complimentary limousine rides. Student volunteers helped the guests in the limo, and then raced to the front of the school so that their wheelchairs or walkers would be ready for them when they got dropped off. Tim Tebow Night to Shine Prom Shoreland Lutheran High School

Tim Tebow Night to Shine Prom Shoreland Lutheran High School

Once guests were ready to enter the gym, the red carpet was rolled out for them.

Tim Tebow Night to Shine Prom Shoreland Lutheran High SchoolThey were announced by name, along with the guest’s preference of receiving loud cheering and clapping, soft clapping, or silent hand waving. It was a very thoughtful gesture in order to make sure that the guests felt welcomed and not overwhelmed. Tim Tebow Night to Shine Prom Shoreland Lutheran High SchoolA photobooth was set up in the gym, along with a buffet of snacks. Tim Tebow Night to Shine Prom Shoreland Lutheran High SchoolTim Tebow Night to Shine Prom Shoreland Lutheran High SchoolTim Tebow Night to Shine Prom Shoreland Lutheran High SchoolOld friends were greeted warmly, and many new friends were made. Tim Tebow Night to Shine Prom Shoreland Lutheran High School

And folks communicated with each other in a variety of ways.

Tim Tebow Night to Shine Prom Shoreland Lutheran High SchoolAlthough not pictured here, accomodations were made for those parents and caregivers who wanted to stay, and a special sensory room was set up for those guests who needed some quiet time. Tim Tebow Night to Shine Prom Shoreland Lutheran High SchoolMidway through the night, each guest was crowned. Some guests never left the dance floor. Tim Tebow Night to Shine Prom Shoreland Lutheran High SchoolTim Tebow Night to Shine Prom Shoreland Lutheran High SchoolTim Tebow Night to Shine Prom Shoreland Lutheran High SchoolKaraoke was set up in another room and many pored over the song lists. Tim Tebow Night to Shine Prom Shoreland Lutheran High SchoolTim Tebow Night to Shine Prom Shoreland Lutheran High School

It was certainly an evening to remember. While the event was intended as a celebratory event for the special needs community, I’d argue that it may have been the student and adult volunteers who benefitted the most.

It is one thing to understand the need for kindness and compassion. It is quite another to put that love into action. Tim Tebow Night to Shine Prom Shoreland Lutheran High School

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