Mentor high school teens raise money so students with special needs can attend homecoming

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MENTOR, OH - The crowning of a king and queen is traditionally the most memorable moment for any high school homecoming celebration.

But for several students at Mentor High School, just hitting the dance floor will be a feat in itself.

"When we see them, we don't look at them as if they have a disability, we look on the inside of them and we look deeper than what's on the outside and we see these amazing kids," said Mentor high school senior Leah Siatkowski.

She knew some of her classmates, who have special needs, would never have the chance to go to homecoming on their own.

So Leah and two friends initiated a plan. They asked their classmates to the dance, but that required some monetary help from the community.

"We set up a Go Fund Me account and we were thinking we'd get maybe $200 to $300 in the first like month. but we reached our limit of $920 dollars and exceeded that limit," Leah said.

$1,200 dollars will now be used to purchase tickets and limousines to the dance, flowers and dinner.

Junior Kaelyn Cawrse said, "They don't get chances to do things like this. so for me to be able to take them and to do something that's normal for everybody else, it's not normal to them, it's very exciting for them."

"They're gonna be shy at first; we're gonna have to get them to try to dance. I'm pretty sure Jimmy will go dance," said sophomore Jennifer Blair.

Principal Bill Wade could not be more proud of all of his students, adding "That's the type of students we have here at Mentor High School. Students that are always willing to go above and beyond."