Special Needs Students Hope Auction Pays for a Prom
Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - 55 items sit in rows of gift baskets at Midland High School, waiting to be auctioned off on Saturday.

"Certificates by a lot of our restaurants here in the Midland area," Parent of an MHS Special Needs Student, Martina Carrasco, said.

Small items set to make a big difference in the lives of 33 special needs students at MHS.

The kids worked themselves to put all these gift baskets together and they're going for more than just money ton Saturday. They're going toward their prom and Senior Day.

This first annual silent auction on Saturday will go toward funding their prom, one they've had to themselves for only the last three years.

The students want to keep it going, especially the girls.

When asked about the dresses they wanted, they didn't hesitate.

"Purple," Amanda said.

"I wear it this month and I wear the green," Sarah said.

Other students look forward to Senior Day with the rest of their classmates.

"We boxed each other at the boxing ring," Garrett, while making a punching motion, said.

What seems like simple high school rites of passage mean so much more for the growth of these kids.

"A lot of them don't have very high social skills and this has really changed their outlook on communication, their social lives," Carrasco said.

That growth is important as many of these kids will graduate this year or the next. Many of them already know what they want to study after graduation.

"Clothes," Amanda said.

"Want to be a nurse," Sarah said.

But those futures start with the students wanting to celebrate the end of their schooling, something the little baskets can do.

The silent auction will be held in the MHS Bulldog Room this Saturday, May 19th from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Signs will be posted outside the school to direct people in.