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Romona's Kids: Invictus students say Thank-You for helping make a magical prom

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Invictus High School Students having fun at prom. (Source: WOIO) Invictus High School Students having fun at prom. (Source: WOIO)
One couple takes a break to smile for the camera. (Source: WOIO) One couple takes a break to smile for the camera. (Source: WOIO)
Most of the formalwear was donated by 19 Action News viewers. (Source: WOIO) Most of the formalwear was donated by 19 Action News viewers. (Source: WOIO)
The students want to say Thank-You to the viewers for their help. (Source: WOIO) The students want to say Thank-You to the viewers for their help. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Back in April, we told you about a local charter school that's never had a prom. To reward students for a job well done this year, and because formalwear is so expensive, the school asked for donations of dresses and tuxes. Thanks to you, our generous viewers, the students got their dance, and we were there for the big night!

Cleveland's Invictus High School is celebrating its students, who work hard to get their diploma and transition to college or the work force, some while juggling jobs or family.

"I started last August and I actually started with one and a half credits and now I have 19 credits so I'll be done by December," said student Altonyo Engram.

 "It's a really great chance for these kids to have something classy, a place safe for them to cut loose and have fun," said Dean Manke, Invictus Assistant Director. "They work really hard and they overcome a lot to get where they're going, so we're really grateful to the community for all their support," Manke added. 

19 Action News viewers answered the call for formalwear in a big way, donating over 200 dresses, including some from Romona Robinson's closet, like a royal blue gown chosen by Brianna Owens.

"I'd like to say thank you to everyone, because they gave Invictus a prom and it helped those who couldn't afford a dress, so we're very thankful to them," said Owens. "And thank you Romona, we appreciate you."

"Because our school is an online school, for us to have a prom, we were really excited because it's kind of like Cedar Point for us," said student Tiffany Knox.

"Invictus is my home, I love the school, all the teachers, everything," said student Ricardo Tompkins, who just graduated and is joining the Air Force.

Invictus may be a non-traditional school, but it gave the students a traditional dance, complete with catered dinner, official prom photos, and even the crowning of a prom court.

"I would like to thank everyone who helped us, it was a good cause and they have a heart, because they didn't have to do it but they did, and I thank them for it," said student Ciera Dunham.

"Thank you for everything, the suits for the boys and the dresses for the girls, it really helped for everyone to come," said Tiffany Knox.

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