Alyssa Jordan (left), the leader of the PALS Program at Whitewater High School and a participant in this year’s pageant, is raising funds to help send six special needs students to prom. (Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)

The leader of the PALS Program at Whitewater High School is hoping to help some extraordinary students have an unforgettable prom night, and she’s asking the community for help.
Alyssa Jordan has started a fundraiser to help send six students from Whitewater’s special needs class to the prom. The PALS (Peers Are Linking Students) Club is a group that focuses on building bonds between regular education students and special needs students, and it has helped foster friendships between students like Alyssa and their special needs classmates.
Last year, Alyssa helped out by donating dresses and doing hair and makeup. She and her friends want to do even more this year.
“Prom is expensive, and not everyone in the special needs program can go,” says Jordan. “This year, I came up with the idea of running a fundraiser. I wanted them to have a full experience of a prom night with getting ready and dressed up, riding in a limo all together and going to dinner, and finally having a blast at the dance. I want them to have a night they won’t forget because everyone deserves to feel beautiful and special in their life.”
Her teachers, her family, and her friends have been a huge support.
“What made me want to start the fundraiser is my passion for the special needs. I want to do everything I can for them and try to make an impact on their life like they have for me,” she says. “Besides my teachers, Emily Jeffords and Ben Lane have been my biggest help from the start, and they’re always helping me and are there for me when I need them. They are both just great role molds, but my biggest inspiration and support really comes from the kids.”
The group has set a goal of raising $1,000 so they can fully fund the trip. Prom isn’t until March 26, but they are trying to reach their goal by Feb. 20. They want to make sure they have time to make limousine and dinner reservations and whatever else it takes to make it a night the students will never forget.
To contribute, visit their GoFundMe page at