Girl invites teen with Down's Syndrome to school dance and receives an unforgettable thank you
No matter what anyone tells you, your school days are not the best of your life. Sure, they are the longest amount of time you will spend with ample free time to socialize and have fun, before the stresses and responsibilities of living as an independent adult come around, but there are plenty of things to make up for it.
As a teenager, your hormones do a real number on you, while the way that children socialize is often detrimental - with plenty of confusion, anger, and awkwardness to go around. There are a few rare occasions where you can have a good time without giving much thought to the responsible adults above you, which leads these events to become incredibly important and often dreadfully disappointing.
This is definitely true of events like the Homecoming Dance, which becomes one the most crucial days on the calendar for high schoolers of a certain age. So when Daniel Rivas, a 17-year-old with Down's Syndrome, was rejected by another student he asked to be his date, you can understand how upset he was.
Fortunately, Kylie Fronius heard that he was looking for a date and asked him if he wanted to go with her, even brandishing a big sign on campus to pop the question. He was overwhelmed by the revelation, accepting the offer with a hug.
"I don't think of kids that have a disability as being different," Kylie told Fox5. "I think of them just being a normal person learning in a different way." But this wasn't the end to Daniel's good fortune.
After the news reached the ears of Fox5, they sent their 'Surprise Squad' team to talk to the teens and get involved in their story. The news crew turned up just as the two were finishing their photos for the dance, telling them the good news that they would be heading to the event in a black Rolls-Royce.
But before they were taken to Shadow Ridge High School, they first stopped off at Bistro 57, a fancy restaurant that offered Kylie, Daniel and his mom anything on the menu for free. Daniel's mom was so pleased with the surprise, saying: "I come here a lot and I walk by, and I'm like, I can never afford to come in here and eat - or let alone take my kids here."
They had a great time at the dance, but were in for a number of other surprises before the end of the night. It turned out that the Surprise Squad paid to send them both (and their families) to Disneyland. Not done there, Don Forman, the owner of United Nissan, took to the stage to make a further announcement.
Forman wanted to help Daniel achieve his dreams of being a chef, so gifted the student the wonderful present of a $10,000 scholarship so he could attend college. When Kylie headed outside she realized she had received a present too, getting her very own Nissan Sentra.
I imagine both children didn't expect anything nearly as good as this to happen when it came to the night of the Homecoming Dance. It seems that what goes around comes around after all.