Saturday, January 31, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Mom organizes prom for daughter’s school

matt garcia prom 5_9_14

Shannika Crawford, left, with members of her family, from left to right, daughter Ji’-reh Crawford, son Isaac Crawford and fiancé Dijon Campbell, helped organize a prom for students at the Matt Garcia Learning Center. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

By
From page B5 | May 10, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD —  Shannika Crawford didn’t want her daughter Ji’-reh Crawford to miss out on a high school tradition.

Ji’-reh Crawford, a junior, would  have to go to the prom with a friend since her school, the Matt Garcia Learning Center, didn’t have one of its own.

Shannika Crawford said she spent most of her teen years in foster care, living in homes in Oakland. Through the turmoil, she had some fond memories.

“When I went to prom, that was one of the high points of my life,” she said. “It’s like a Cinderella thing.”

Those memories were something that couldn’t be taken from her, she said. The thought of her daughter not being able to have the same memories got her to thinking, then acting.

She started making calls and spending some of her own money. If needed, she’d get another job to help pay the prom bills, she said.

Donation requests went out. She didn’t get any responses.

“I decided I was going to go full throttle,” Shannika Crawford said. “It was going to happen no matter what.”

A mutual friend connected her with the Matt Garcia Foundation, which  joined her effort. 

The end result: On May 18, the approximately 70 juniors and seniors at the Matt Garcia Learning Center will dance to music from a disc jockey at the Clubhouse at Paradise Valley golf course.

A photographer will be on hand to capture the event. A king and queen, prince and princess will be crowned.

Shannika Crawford’s living room has turned into prom central with supplies that will be used in making the decorations.

Ji’-reh Crawford said when her fellow students heard there would be a prom, many of them figured it would be held at the school. Having it at a venue away from campus makes it even more special, she said.

“The whole school is proud of her,” Ji’-reh Crawford said of her mother. Having their own prom seemed like an impossible dream.

The plans were just starting to take shape when Ji’-reh Crawford found the perfect prom dress. 

Shannika Crawford plans on partying with the kids at the prom.

“I’m getting my childhood now,” she said.

She gave birth to Ji’-reh Crawford when she was 21. A few years later, son Isaac Crawford, a seventh-grader at the learning center, followed. Shannika Crawford hopes the prom will be an annual event so her son will be able to participate in a few years.

Those attending the prom can expect words of encouragement from Shannika Crawford.

“I want to tell them how proud I am to see their ambition,” she said.

That falls neatly in line with what she’s been taught by her mother, Ji’-reh Crawford said.

“If you show love, you will get it back,” the teen said.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Recent Articles

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • .

    Solano News

    Teen finds entrepreneurial path at young age

    By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

     
    Time for Relay for Life kickoff event

    By Tony Wade | From Page: A2

     
    Suisun Senior Center offers monthly dance

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

     
     
    Wedding Faire offers one-stop browsing for couples

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3, 1 Comment | Gallery

    Crab feed tradition continues this week

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

     
    Local government agencies post meeting times

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

    Fairfield schedules workshop on downtown plan

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

     
    .

    US / World

     
    Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

    US gas prices fell 13 cents per gallon, but expected to rise

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    2 Marines identified in deadly California helicopter crash

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    Santa Ana winds knock out power to thousands in California

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    Boy shot by Los Angeles deputies treated for graze wound

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Navy wants to increase use of sonar-emitting buoys

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Ukraine: Phone calls prove rebels attacked city, killed 30

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    Zambia: Edgar Lungu sworn in as new president

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Greek radical left wins election, threatening market turmoil

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    ‘Potentially historic’ storm headed for Northeast

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Balloon crew launches in bid to break 2 major records

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    Obama: Counterterrorism operations in Yemen not affected

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Zoo offers creepy way for lovelorn to get even with exes

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Opinion

    Democracy or republic?

    By Earl Heal | From Page: A8, 7 Comments

     
    Editorial Cartoon: Jan. 26, 2015

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Do elected officials get it?

    By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 7 Comments

     
    .

    Living

    Community Calendar: Jan. 26, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

     
    Today in History: Jan. 26, 2015

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Horoscope Jan. 27, 2015

    By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B5

     
    My sister is jobless and homeless and I’m not sure how to help

    By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A7

     
    Horoscope Jan. 26, 2015

    By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A7

    .

    Entertainment

    TVGrid Jan 26

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    TVGrid Jan 27

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

     
    Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe in Miami

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

    ‘Birdman’ tops SAG Awards, Redmayne upsets Keaton

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

     
    Complete list of winners at 21st annual SAG Awards

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

    .

    Sports

    Curry leads Warriors to 19th straight home win

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Serena Williams to meet Cibulkova in Aussie Open quarters

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Watt gets 2 turnovers, dances in friendly Pro Bowl

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

    Tavares scores 4, Team Toews outscores Team Foligno, 17-12

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Chip Ganassi Racing’s ‘star car’ wins Rolex 24 at Daytona

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Patriots’ Browner gets a 2nd chance at a Super Bowl ring

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Family attorney: Cubs great Ernie Banks died of heart attack

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Bill Haas pulls away to win Humana Challenge

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Jeff Gordon to be Fox guest analyst during XFINITY season

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Sherman doubts any punishment ahead for Patriots

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    AP Source: Browns WR Josh Gordon fails another drug test

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    AP Interview: Selig says MLB could expand internationally

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Coach K gets 1,000th win as No. 5 Duke tops St. John’s 77-68

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Quinn has led Seattle to record-setting defense

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    Thomas Clark

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
    Don Johnson

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 7 Comments

    .

    Comics

    Sally Forth Jan 27

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Baldo Jan 27

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Wizard of Id Jan 27

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Rose is Rose Jan 27

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Frank and Ernest Jan 27

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Beetle Bailey Jan 27

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Blondie Jan 27

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Get Fuzzy Jan 27

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Zits Jan 27

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    B.C. Jan 27

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Peanuts Jan 27

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    For Better or Worse Jan 27

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Dilbert Jan 27

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Garfield Jan 27

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Baby Blues Jan 27

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Pickles Jan 27

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Sudoku Jan 27

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Cryptoquote Jan 27

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

    Bridge Jan 27

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Crossword Jan 27

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

    Word Sleuth Jan 27

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Baby Blues Jan 26

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    Rose is Rose Jan 26

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    Sally Forth Jan 26

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    Dilbert Jan 26

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    Zits Jan 26

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    Wizard of Id Jan 26

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    Get Fuzzy Jan 26

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    Beetle Bailey Jan 26

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    Pickles Jan 26

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    Garfield Jan 26

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    B.C. Jan 26

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    For Better or Worse Jan 26

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    Peanuts Jan 26

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    Frank and Ernest Jan 26

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    Blondie Jan 26

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    Baldo Jan 26

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    Word Sleuth Jan 26

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

    Crossword Jan 26

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

     
    Sudoku Jan 26

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

    Cryptoquote Jan 26

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

     
    Bridge Jan 26

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7