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Kid throws socially distant prom after babysitter’s was canceled


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He’s the real prom king of Raleigh, N.C. — and he’s just 7 years old.

A big-hearted kid named Curtis Rogers went the extra mile for his nanny, Rachel Chapman, and not just by being on his best behavior on her watch. Curtis learned that Rachel wouldn’t have a senior prom this season over COVID-19 concerns, so he threw one for her.

“He planned a socially distant prom, complete with dancing & her favorite foods,” said Rachel’s mother, Becky, in a May 26 tweet that has since earned 1,1000 retweets and more than 11,000 likes. She added four photos to her sweet upload, showing the pair seated at a flower-decorated table near a magnolia tree — spaced far apart by a long pool noodle — as well as another that showed them posing at least 6 feet apart in their formal wear.

Seven-year-old Curtis Rogers threw a prom for his nanny, Rachel Chapman, after hers was canceled over COVID-19 concerns.
Seven-year-old Curtis Rogers threw a prom for his nanny, Rachel Chapman, after hers was canceled over COVID-19 concerns.Facebook

The two hadn’t seen each other in two months due to the coronavirus pandemic, ABC11 reports.

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“I planned it out because Rachel probably wanted to see me a lot,” Curtis told the channel. “She is also one of the best people I’ve known.”

Rachel herself enjoyed the party, but says it came with some mixed emotions.

The event included eating their favorite after-school snack, apples with peanut butter.Facebook

“I was kind of like bummed putting my dress on because I was sad; I don’t get to wear it to my senior prom,” she told the channel. “After leaving it and having that time with him because it was the first time I had seen him in two months, it was like, really fun, and I’m really glad that he did that.”

Curtis’ kind act also made its way to “Good Morning America” on Thursday, which called him the “pint-sized prom king,” adding he picked his bow tie to match her dress and danced plenty of feet apart to her favorite music.

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“He was really excited for it to start and make sure he was ready to impress her,” Curtis’ mom, Elissa, told ABC11.

Other cute details included eating their favorite after-school snack, apples with peanut butter, as well as some bites from Chick-fil-A. Curtis waited outside when Rachel arrived and then led her to the backyard where they celebrated.

“He had all my favorite foods and everything,” said Rachel. “I could tell he put a lot of thought into it.”

It wasn’t just a party for a good nanny — it was an event for someone who’s become part of the Rogers family.

“Rachel is one of our favorite people and she also helps around the house a lot,” said Elissa. “So, Rachel’s like the best nanny ever.”

Rachel wore her prom dress while Curtis wore a three-piece suit and a bow tie that matched the color of her look.Facebook

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