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“Footloose” Prom Gives Kids Second Chance To Dance

Posted at 5:51 PM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 17:51:25-04

(LEX 18) – In the midst of prom season, many students in high school are taking full advantage of the special night, but for some students in southeastern Kentucky, they don’t get the opportunity to go.

Three weeks ago, the mom of a Knox County girl decided she wanted to put on her own prom. Now, 200 kids who were turned away can now still enjoy a fun night.

Every year high schoolers look forward to one of the biggest nights of the year. Prom gives students lasting memories, but many students for multiple reasons were not given the opportunity to attend.

Suzanne Eaton’s daughter is a senior at a high school in Knox County. Her daughter had six unexcused absences this year and was turned away from buying a prom ticket.

“We don’t miss school for no reason. I looked back and we had some excuses from December that we had forgotten to turn in,” explained Eaton.

Eaton took her frustrations to social media and got a huge response from others in the area, including parents of kids who are home-schooled and parents of students in alternative school.

So, Eaton decided to create a “Footloose” themed prom for about 200 kids in Laurel, Whitley and Knox Counties.

Tomorrow night, the Civic Center in Corbin will give these kids a second chance to enjoy the prom.