I love good souls. I feel fortunate to live in a place where good souls are more a norm than an anomaly. It is part of the region’s charm, and it is a part of the reason I hold North Dakota near and dear to my heart (even as a recent transplant with only 15 years in the state).
On Sunday a group of good souls – young good souls – sent a powerful message of inclusion to their peers at Davies High School through the Project Unify Prom Fashion Show. The fashion show was organized by three students – Paul Butler, Katie Spokely, and Alex Quam – who wanted to promote togetherness rather than separation at their high school. The event was designed to allow students with disabilities to experience all the pageantry of prom and the grand march. But the organizers were also hoping with this event to heighten awareness across the school that the students with disabilities are the same as the other students in the school – kids with hopes, dreams, feelings, and fears.
If you could use a little something to warm your heart today, take a look at the Project Unify Fashion Show photo gallery. I promise you, you will smile from the inside-out.
Nicely done Paul, Katie, and Alex – you make us proud.
Day one thousand three hundred and twenty-three of the new forty – obla di obla da