School With ‘Bad Kids’ Cancels Prom, But The Students Refuse To Accept It

by Kristin Avery
Kristin shares a Chicago home with a dog, a rabbit, two cats, a husband, and an 11-year-old daughter.

For many high school seniors, prom marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new and exciting adventure.

Prom is a celebration and rite of passage that some teenagers take for granted.

But for students at Eastside Memorial High School in Austin, Texas, this senior tradition almost didn’t happen.

Less than two months before the dance, school officials told the students that prom would likely be canceled due to budget cuts.

Senior D’Marco Sanders and his fellow classmates were not about to let that happen. “We thrive under pressure, and adversity is our best friend,” the determined teen said.

The graduating class of 2017 has faced tough times before. After years of low academic performance, the school almost closed when D’Marco and his classmates were freshmen.

However, faculty, students, and community members rallied together and kept the school open.

Three years later, they would do the same for prom.

The determined seniors sold candy bars and T-shirts, and organized a bake sale, car wash, and GoFundMe page. Once word spread, the community rallied and the teens quickly raised thousands in donations.

Prom is officially back on and these inspiring teens have even more reason to celebrate! It’s clear they all have bright futures ahead of them, and we can’t wait to see what they do next!

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