Maggie, left, brought over three dresses to see which Madeline might want to wear to the prom.

Maggie Blaha and Madeline Voigt Crane may have been brought together by the Oak Park and River Forest High School Best Buddies program, but to Maggie, Madeline is just a good friend.

The program, which pairs mainstream students with students with disabilities, held its Best Buddies prom Saturday and Maggie made sure her good friend went in style.

Maggie, 18, brought over some dresses for Madeline, 17, braided her hair, helped with makeup and talked about the music and dancing that often brings them together.

At the prom, they posed for pictures with frilly props and rarely stopped dancing.

“We sing a lot,” said Maggie, the program’s student president. Madeline is partial to the Cheetah Girls. “It’s like any other friendship. [The program] is just a great experience. We all grow and I’ve learned a lot about myself.”

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