by Ashley Duncan–Night to shine is a prom held by Sunnybrook Community Church for people with special needs. Each year Sunnybrook has this prom, but due to COVID, it could not be held last year. This year they created a Shine Thru/Drive Thru prom themed drive by celebration/parade.
The prom is supported by the church, volunteers from the community, and the Tim Tebow Foundation. Quite a few Morningside students also volunteer each year, whether they go to the church or not, it is a way for them to help support the community.
This year members from the sorority Alpha Omicron Pi at Morningside and nursing students decided to help out. “I wanted to be a part of the community and to brighten somebody’s day,” says Katie Kirby, a member of Alpha Omicron Pi.
When Sunnybrook holds an even like this, it is a time for others to give back to the community. Especially during this hard time of the pandemic, when not everybody can have the same kind of human contact. “Human connection is everything for everybody. It means a lot,” says Hannah Stock, the philanthropy officer of Alpha Omicron Pi.
The prom drive thru was held on Friday, April 23 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Volunteers lined the parking lot drive thru route and cheered the prom goers on. Volunteers dressed as clowns, superhero’s, princesses, spacemen, and even a cow.