March 5, 2019
On Friday, February 8, 2019, a group of ACOM students participated in the Night to Shine prom with students from the Vivian B. Adams School in Ozark. The Vivian B. Adams School serves more than 120 individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities from Barbour, Coffee, Dale, Henry, Houston, and Pike Counties.
“I truly had such an amazing time at Night to Shine because I was able to be a part of such a special night. I hope my buddies had the time of their lives because I know I sure did. It was so sweet and encouraging to see so many loving people come together to make a night like that possible and I am so humbled that I got to be a part of that experience. Obviously my favorite part of the night was all of the dancing we got to do and the best part was that there was no such thing as bad dance moves! We all just got to be ourselves and throw our cares out the window and that was probably the most beautiful part of the whole night. I can’t wait to be back next year!” Michelle Park, OMS I
Hosted by the First United Methodist Church of Ozark, Night to Shine prom is an event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation for individuals with special needs ages 14 and older. In its 5th year, Night to Shine is held the Friday before Valentine’s Day. Each guest had a buddy who joined them for the evening. Events for the evening included karaoke, horse-drawn carriage rides, hair and makeup stations, photos, and dancing. There was also a respite area for parents and caregivers.
“It was such a privilege to be part of all the fun and happiness at Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine. I gained a buddy and some new dances moves!” Amanda Davis, OMS I
“The “Night to Shine” event hosted by VBAS was awesome! It was so wonderful to see how much support individuals with specials needs have in this community. Police officers, local high school students, and many more were among those who participated. More importantly, the joy our buddies experienced that night was beyond tangible. This night was also special for the families of our buddies due to the amount of compassion and friendship shown to their children. This event reinforced and demonstrated to me the number one trait of being a health care professional: to be there for another…plus we got to dance a lot! I’m very much looking forward to next year’s “Night to Shine” and any other opportunities to work with VBAS.” Jason Lundy, OMS I