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SCC Students Volunteer Prom Preparation Services for Special Needs Community

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Surry Community College Cosmetology students had the opportunity to serve the special needs population Friday, Feb. 9, by helping them prepare for the Night to Shine prom sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

Cosmetology Program Director Robin Minton arranged the community service opportunity for her students in partnership with Salem Baptist Church in Dobson.

“We are honored to be involved in the Night to Shine prom preparation,” Minton said. “It’s a privilege to be a part of this night and to help these folks feel special and loved all day long. They get to feel beautiful all day and all evening.”

student provides hair services
Surry Community College Cosmetology students provide hair services for Night to Shine participants.

Minton said not only is this way to give back to community, but it is also a learning experience for her students. “It’s a good experience for students to know that everyone is not the same and to be able to adapt to different experiences and people.”

Several special needs individuals from Surry-Yadkin Residential Services in Mount Airy and Dunmore Plantation Assisted Living in Dobson came to SCC’s Cosmetology Salon where they were treated to manicures, makeup application, haircuts, and styling by the students. SCC offers a degree and diploma in Cosmetology and certificates in Natural Hair Care Specialist and Nail Technician/Manicurist.

guests stand for photo
Residents from Surry-Yadkin Residential Services and Dunmore Plantation Assisted Living stop for a moment to show off new hairstyles, manicured nails, and makeup before heading off to the Night to Shine prom.


Executive Director of Surry-Yadkin Residential Services Josh Denny said, “This is our second year of coming to SCC for this event, and our residents have been looking forward to it all year. We have wonderful residents at our agency, and we are so happy for them to have this opportunity. We really appreciate everyone who helps with Night to Shine, and we appreciate Surry Community College for assisting our residents.”

Dunmore Plantation Activities Director Kelly Milloway said, “This is the fourth time our residents have come to Surry Community to get ready for Night to Shine. They love it, and I love it. We thank Surry Community College for everything they’ve done to make our residents smile. We’ve just been counting the days until today!”

students and instructors stand for photo
Surry Community College students and instructors pose after completing hair, makeup, and manicure services for guests from Surry-Yadkin Residential Services and Dunmore Plantation Assisted Living to help them prepare for Night to Shine. Night to Shine is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation as a complimentary event for anyone living with disabilities, ages 14 and older. The prom goers were treated to manicures, makeup application, haircuts, and styling by the college cosmetology students. SCC offers a degree and diploma in Cosmetology and certificates in Natural Hair Care Specialist and Nail Technician/Manicurist.

The Night to Shine prom is a complimentary event for people with special needs hosted by local churches around the world. The event is open to anyone living with disabilities, ages 14 and older.

The mission of the Tim Tebow Foundation is to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. This mission is being fulfilled every day through 16 initiatives in the fields of Orphan Care + Prevention, Special Needs, Children with Profound Medical Needs, and Anti-Human Trafficking. To learn more about how the Tim Tebow Foundation is serving the world’s most vulnerable and sharing God’s love by fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves, visit www.timtebowfoundation.org.

If you’d like to learn more about SCC’s Cosmetology Program, contact Robin Minton, Director of Cosmetology, at mintonr@surry.edu or (336) 386-3570.

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