Dogwood Forest of Alpharetta and School for Autism Host Prom


Posted by Kia Crawford on May 14th, 2015 in Alpharetta, GA, Spirit | No Comments

Never mind Buckingham– the King and Queen reside at Dogwood Forest of Alpharetta. Lion Heart School, an Alpharetta school for autism, along with residents at Dogwood Forest of Alpharetta danced the night away on Thursday, May 7. The improbable prom was featured on 11Alive during last night’s broadcast. Seniors from Lion Heart School organized the event and hosted it at Dogwood Forest of Alpharetta, a community the students visit for volunteerism each week. A Prom Princess from The Lion Heart School and King and Queen of the Prom from Dogwood Forest of Alpharetta were crowned.

The two organizations have worked together for some years. The relationship has proven to be beneficial for both groups though they are on opposite ends of the age spectrum. Autism, a developmental disorder that could potentially make communication challenging, and cognitive decline, which can hinder communication among seniors, does not block the two groups from forming flourishing cross-generational relationships.  For the students at Lion Heart, the partnership prepares them for the world and furthers their skills to enter the workplace. As for the residents at Dogwood Forest, the connection gives them a spark of youth and zeal. Though at different life stages, the students at Lion Heart and residents at Dogwood Forest have both created for one another memories that will last a lifetime.