Nicole’s Project Makes Prom Extra Special For P721Q
John F. Kennedy Jr. School (P721Q) in Elmhurst is truly a special place. It serves high school aged students (14-21), who have a broad range of abilities and challenges, which may include, but are not limited to, students on the autism spectrum disorder (ASD), students with profound cognitive challenges, speech and language delays, and students with multiple disabilities. After graduation from JFK Jr. School, students will go on to day habilitation programs, supported work environments, and independent work positions. The Senior Prom, Senior Trip and Graduation are the biggest, most memorable events in many of these students’ lives. The school’s community takes great pride in making these events as special and memorable for the students as possible. This year, JFK Jr. School was overjoyed when Nicole Fillos, a junior at St. Francis Preparatory School, offered to start a fundraiser to help support our amazing students. Nicole expressed her interest in helping our students to have an unforgettable prom night in commemoration of their time in the program. Nicole Fillos established the fundraiser entitled, “Nicole’s Project,” and raised over $1,500 dollars to help fund the senior prom and graduation festivities at the John F. Kennedy Jr. School. With the help of “Nicole’s Project,” they were able to provide a professional photo booth for the students to take unique and fun pictures at their prom. The students, as well as staff, enjoyed taking pictures and it was a highlight to their special evening, one they will never forget.