Prom is a night about making memories.
For some students, it was about spending time with family.
"The idea started because a senior needed a dress," Cumberland Academy teacher Michelle Tracy said. "Then we found out there were other students who wanted to go but couldn't afford it."
The staff at Cumberland Academy came together Friday evening to give their students a night they could remember.
"We took donations for the tuxedos, flowers, dresses and dinner," counselor Andrea Herbert said. "The hair dressers volunteered to do the girls' hair."
There was a photographer on hand to provide students with an affordable picture package and Cumberland Academy faculty and the staff prepared dinner.
"I'm really excited and thankful," student April Knox said. "If it wasn't for them, then we wouldn't have this."
Knox, a senior who will be graduating in May, plans to study social work at Ivy Tech Community College. However, she admitted leaving Cumberland will be difficult.
"The staff is amazing," she said. "We are like a family. They go above and beyond everyday. Without them, I wouldn't graduate."
As the students walked into the cafeteria area, they were greeted by their teachers and principal. The lighting was changed and flowers adjourned any available surface.
"All the students really appreciate all the work that has gone into this," Principal Lisa Showalter said.
The family environment at Cumberland is what made the evening so special to the students.
"These students are very unique, they wanted to come and have dinner with the teachers," Showalter said. "The staff did not have to work today and yet, they came in and did all of this work for the students."
As dinner began to start, the staff remarked on the changes in all of the students as they walked in.
"They haven't stopped smiling," Herbert said. "They all look wonderful."
Other organizations helping make the evening special included Fiesta Hair Salon, I Do Rentals, Kelsey Trout and Melissa Cayton, and North Clay Middle School for the use of the cafeteria, as well as monetary donations.
"Everyone here really cares about us," Knox said of the staff. "They are really amazing."