Prom season in the high school world is marked by the laborious process of finding a tux, dress, date and corsage. But for students at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, the corsage was the easy part thanks to seniors Alexis and Taylor.
“We sewed simple corsage-like bracelets with a bow on the band and matching boutonniere pin-on bows with the idea that they could be a substitute for the standard corsages and boutonnieres,” Alexis said. “The idea was that the seniors could purchase the set to wear on prom night, in lieu of flowers, and all of the money we raised would go to Special Olympics.”
The idea caught on fast. More than 100 students signed onto Alexis and Taylor’s idea to “wear a bow for Special O,” raising an incredible $550 for Special Olympics Northern California.
Everyone who purchased bows signed a poster that Alexis and Taylor made for the Special Olympics athletes.
While many seniors are coasting through the final weeks of high school, Alexis wanted to make a difference in the lives of others.
“I have volunteered for Special Olympics many times, and I am always so inspired by the athletes and the program in general,” Alexis said.
The money raised will help support the Special Olympics Northern California Schools Partnership Program, where special education and general education students come together on their own campus through the power of sports to learn acceptance, respect and inclusion.
“I especially want to thank Alexis and Taylor for their inspiration and ingenuity to come up with the project,” Special Olympics Northern California Vice President of Youth Sports Cathy Domanski-DeVries said. “You should all be proud of your efforts. It is initiatives like this that bring students together for a common cause.”
Way to go, Alexis and Taylor!