FONDA, N.Y. - The excitement of finding a date, getting a dress or tux, and dancing the night away with friends; It's a right of passage students at Fonda- Fultonville High School had to fight extra-hard for this year.
"It's been a stressful year and we're just trying to cope with it and everything," said 2014 Class President Shelby Wadsworth.
Students at Fonda-Fultonville High School are feeling the impact of deep budget cuts, but when all extra curricular activities were cut, they certainly didn't think that it meant missing out on the one night they could dress up, dance and forget all of those worries.
"You always expect it when you become a junior that you're going to have a prom and you're going to have that one night that you can remember for the rest of your life," said Wadsworth.
For Wadsworth's Class of 2014, prom was considered an extra curricular activity. The only way to save prom was to raise enough money and hire two class advisors, so students got to work.
"We stayed at McDonald's asking for donations. People donated generous amounts of money," said Wadsworth.
$1,600 in donations later, the class has its advisors.
An annual after prom event couldn't be saved, but as long as students had their Masquerade Prom they were happy.
Now that advisors for the Class of 2014 have been established students have started raising money to fund the night they weren't willing to give up. The class advisors have also donated back their paychecks.
"Kids came. We served them tea and cookies, sang, read books to them. That was a great fundraiser. We also just had a huge fundraiser which was our army verse faculty game," said Wadsworth.
The Class of 2014 and the community have also raised enough money to now fund other extracurricular activities that were cut, including key club, student government, and drama club.