Invictus High School Students having fun at prom. (Source: WOIO)
One couple takes a break to smile for the camera. (Source: WOIO)
Most of the formalwear was donated by 19 Action News viewers. (Source: WOIO)
The students want to say Thank-You to the viewers for their help. (Source: WOIO)
Back in April, we told you about a local
charter school that's never had a prom. To reward students for a job well done
this year, and because formalwear is so expensive, the school asked for
donations of dresses and tuxes. Thanks to you, our generous viewers, the
students got their dance, and we were there for the big night!
Cleveland's Invictus High
School is celebrating its students, who work hard to get their diploma and
transition to college or the work force, some while juggling jobs or family.
started last August and I actually started with one and a half credits and now
I have 19 credits so I'll be done by December," said student Altonyo
really great chance for these kids to have something classy, a place safe for
them to cut loose and have fun," said Dean Manke, Invictus Assistant
Director. "They work really hard and they overcome a lot to get where
they're going, so we're really grateful to the community for all their
support," Manke added.
19 Action News viewers
answered the call for formalwear in a big way, donating over 200 dresses, including
some from Romona Robinson's closet, like a royal blue gown chosen by Brianna
"I'd like to say
thank you to everyone, because they gave Invictus a prom and it helped those
who couldn't afford a dress, so we're very thankful to them," said Owens.
"And thank you Romona, we appreciate you."
school is an online school, for us to have a prom, we were really excited
because it's kind of like Cedar Point for us," said student Tiffany Knox.
"Invictus is my home,
I love the school, all the teachers, everything," said student Ricardo
Tompkins, who just graduated and is joining the Air Force.
Invictus may be a
non-traditional school, but it gave the students a traditional dance, complete
with catered dinner, official prom photos, and even the crowning of a prom
"I would like to thank
everyone who helped us, it was a good cause and they have a heart, because they
didn't have to do it but they did, and I thank them for it," said student
"Thank you for everything, the
suits for the boys and the dresses for the girls, it really helped for everyone
to come," said Tiffany Knox.
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