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Durant's 'Prom with a Purpose' gives back to community

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Durant High School students present the J127 Ministry with a check for $11,000. (Courtesy) Durant High School students present the J127 Ministry with a check for $11,000. (Courtesy)

DURANT, Okla. -- Prom is a night filled with fun and memories for young people getting ready for big changes in their lives.

But for the J127 Ministry, Saturday's Durant High School prom was also life-changing.

"They called us in -- all of the board members -- and presented us a check for $11,000 for this ministry," said J127 Ministry board member Jon Hazell, a Durant educator who was named Oklahoma's Teacher of the Year.

Called "Prom with a Purpose," Durant students chose to donate a portion of the money raised for this year's event to a local charity.

"We chose J127 because it relates to high school kids, and we wanted to give kids an opportunity to go to college who didn't have that opportunity," student council member Catie McCraw explained.

With a big chuck of their budget going to the charity, student council member Chandler Podany said they had to be mindful of spending on the high school dance.

"We were really frugal with it this year to make sure the maximum amount of profits could be used to the best of its ability," he said.

J127 Ministry helps young adults who have aged out of foster care; it aims to give them opportunities to seek higher education... and beyond.

"So if we can give them an opportunity with this ministry to get the skills and education to be successful, they become contributors to society," Hazell said.

With 350 young adults aging out of foster care every year in Oklahoma alone, J127 executive director Adrean Stinnett said the organization welcomes all the help it can get from the community.

"We have a heart for young people, and to know they have a heart for these young kids who are going to be living a J127... to me, that's priceless," she said.

"It took them a long time and a lot of work, and they had to get a lot of people from the community involved to make this happen," Hazell added. "What they did was an amazing, amazing thing."

Hazell said he's working with the student council to make Prom with a Purpose an annual event at Durant High School.

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