8th Annual Cole Darby Cruise to Prom; Special Education students get escorted to prom in a classic ride

Joplin News First

"I think we have more cars than kids!"

JOPLIN, Mo. — Since 2013 Ron and Leann Darby and their group of friends with classic cars have been escorting students from the Joplin High School Special Education Department to Prom.

Everyone remembers what they drove to their high school prom. It’s the evitable, dad can I borrow…? question.

This event started as the Darby’s son, Cole, was a senior at Joplin High School 8 years ago. He was a student in the Special Education Department at JHS and thought he’d like to drive the family’s classic pickup to the prom. Well the problem being, he didn’t have a drivers license.

So they decided to get some of their friends with classic cars so they could drive Cole and some of his friends to the 2013 Prom. And Aside from the COVID-19 pandemic interrupting events in 2020, they’ve done it ever since.

The Darby’s group of friends have grown over the years. One told us Saturday night, “I think we might have more cars than we do kids!”

Cole is now in his 20’s. But Leann and Ron continue the tradition each year, driving their classic pickup, taking one or a pair of students to the Joplin High School Prom. Most usually you’ll see Cole running around and checking out the cars in the parking lot.

2021 marks the 8th Annual Cole Darby Cruise to Prom.

JOPLIN POLICE ESCORT KIDS TO THE PROM FROM SPECIAL DINNER AT CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CENTER

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Posted by Joplin News First on Saturday, April 10, 2021

Again this year Central Christian Center downtown Joplin hosted the kids for a special dinner. Then Joplin Police lead the line of cars on a loop around town. Ending with a grand entrance to Joplin High School Prom at 2101 South Indiana.

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