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First-ever 'Deaf Prom' held in Fresno for non hearing students

FRESNO, Calif. - It's prom season for many high schoolers in the Valley.

Saturday night, it was extra special.

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center in Fresno, held its first-ever "Deaf Prom".

While hundreds of high school students are able to listen to music at prom, for 26 students at the center, they get to feel it.

These high school students from around the Valley are dancing the night away a little differently at the first-ever deaf prom in Fresno.

"I think it's going to be really fun to talk with my friends and meet new people from other schools," Damaris Martinez, a sophomore at Washington Union High School, said.

Most in attendance are non hearing. So, the base is turned up extra loud.

"We want the kids to be able to feel every movement and all of the base," Michelle Bronson, executive director at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center, Inc., in Fresno, said.

It's something, Bronson said they would not otherwise be able to experience at their own high school prom.

"Very often they go to regular high school proms and its not accessible for the deaf and hard of hearing," she said.

Many volunteers came together, the center partnered with the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools to put on this event.

Money was donated for food, decorations, hair and makeup for the girls.

Even prom dresses were donated through the help of the Cinderella Project.

It's a night the fellas said they didn't want to miss.

"I made sure I got my hair cut, I looked nice," Juan Lopez, a senior at Washington Union High School, said.

The students even got to have fun with their own snap chat filter and a photo booth. 

Organizers said they hope this is the first of many deaf proms to come. They plan on holding another next year.


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