Everyone is king and queen at this special Northeast Philly prom

Andrew Kramer
May 24, 2018 - 10:46 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's prom season. And in Northeast Philadelphia on Thursday night, dozens of individuals with special needs, most of them younger, put on their fancy attire and enjoyed a magical evening organized just for them.

Attendees got to walk the red carpet to rousing ovations as they entered the Fraternal Order of Police headquarters. Then, after getting their pictures taken, it was time to dance the night away.

20-year-old Elijah didn't shy away from busting a move. 

"I had fun," he said. "I got out on the dance floor. It feels special to me."

It was special for his mother, Schemel, too. 

"For me it's just to see that he's having a good time," she added.

The event was made possible by Philadelphia Police officer Roslyn Talley.

"This is an opportunity for me to give back to the community," she said. "I have a daughter with special needs. She's also here, and I did this for her, but I figured it would be awesome to have other kids participate and give them an opportunity to come out and party together."

So she got some of her fellow officers on board and made this event a reality.

"We've been wanting to do this thing for a long time," Talley said. "It's a dream come true, and to see these kids with their smiling faces walking through and looking like a million bucks and feeling like a million bucks, that means more to me than anything."

Her daughter was named prom queen. Elijah was named prom king. In fact...

"All of the kids are being crowned king and queen," Talley said. "Everybody's important."