An Arroyo Grande High School senior fighting a brain tumor may have been denied access to his school prom, but he’ll get to attend a prom after all, thanks to a local church.
Jared’s Prom will be open to all upperclassmen at Arroyo Grande, Coastal Christian, New Tech, Nipomo, Mission Prep and San Luis Obispo high schools. Sophomores also will be allowed to attend if accompanying an upperclassmen.
Springer, who collapsed at school in 2014 because of a brain tumor and is confined to a wheelchair, was told by Lucia Mar Unified School District representatives late last week that he would not be allowed to attend prom with his classmates on Saturday because a broken hip had kept him out of classes for three weeks.
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The district’s decision prompted a huge backlash online, and on Tuesday district Superintendent Raynee Daley issued a public apology, saying, “We are truly sorry that Jared did not get to attend his senior prom.”
In response, Brighten A Corner Ministry offered to organize a prom for Springer, with the help of private donations from members of the community. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased through the participating high schools.
Dinner will be provided at the dance, followed by an after-party in the parking lot with food trucks.