Farmington — When Farmington High School junior Mariah Hurd saw her reflection in the mirror, her eyes lit up. She admired herself in a shimmering light blue dress and matching shawl.
Hurd was one of three students with disabilities to be outfitted on Thursday with formal dresses to wear to Farmington High School's prom on April 26. Clothing Revival, a Farmington store that sells new and used clothing and accessories, donated the dresses.
"It reminded me of a Disney princess named Elsa," Hurd said about her dress. Elsa is the snow queen in the animated movie "Frozen."
This will be Hurd's first prom.
"Just looking all pretty and sparkly," she said was her outlook on prom.
Clothing Revival donated 10 dresses in a variety of sizes, colors and designs, priced from $30 to $100. The store also plans to donate jewelry.
"They deserve to go to prom like anybody else, so we decided to donate them," said Bailey Hull, store manager at Clothing Revival.
Junior Camalisha Begay and senior Nikita Brown also picked out prom dresses. Begay selected one that was dark purple, and Brown decided on a turquoise and black dress.
"I never went to prom myself so seeing the smiles on the girls just makes me happy," said Sunnie Rodriquez, a shift manager at Clothing Revival.
Before selecting their dresses, the young women tried on the clothing, and, once they decided on their attire, the trio posed for photographs.
"You're going to be the prettiest ones there," Hull told them.
Planning the girls' perfect prom was spearheaded by their teacher, Kymbr Mordecki.
Mordecki said the first step was finding the dresses. She is now working with local restaurants to arrange dinner and beauty salons to help with hair and makeup. She is still "brainstorming" transportation.
"They're just excited to dress up and do something so special," she said.
In addition to creating a special moment, prom will also provide the students an opportunity to develop their social skills, Mordecki said.Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @nsmithdt on Twitter.