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Special needs students say 'yes to the dress' at West Nyack school

This year's Jesse J. Kaplan graduates were able to pick out a prom dress for free Friday afternoon for their big day next month.

News 12 Staff

May 7, 2022, 12:06 AM

Updated 773 days ago

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Students at a West Nyack school said "yes to the dress" ahead of their prom.
This year's Jesse J. Kaplan graduates were able to pick out a prom dress for free Friday afternoon for their big day next month.
This is the fifth year the school's teaching assistant, Carmlina Bastone, has brought in dozens of dresses for students to choose from.
Bastone tells News 12 she has her mom to thank for the event. She works at various bridal shops and donates dresses for the day.

"Look at the smiles on everyone's faces and on the kid's faces.  It's a really lovely, lovely event," says Julie Larson, executive director of special education at Rockland BOCES. 
The Jesse J. Kaplan school serves students who have physical and mental disabilities.


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