After Prom Party 2019 Planning and Funding Ongoing

The short time between prom and graduation accounts for 33% of all youth alcohol-related traffic deaths annually, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Salida High and junior class parents created after prom to mitigate those risks. This year’s event, April 27th, is held in the high school commons, gym, senior lounge, and cafeteria. The committee extended the time this year; normally, the after prom goes from 11pm to 2am. This year, the committee is ending the event to 2:30am. This decision supports our local law enforcement by delaying our end until thirty minutes after area bars close.

Connie Patch, a volunteer on the committee indicated, "I am thankful Salida High School cares for the students' safety not only during regular hours but AFTER hours! The hard work and dedication to provide the students a fun time after prom is commendable. As a parent of two daughters at SHS, it is comforting to know my girls are having fun with their friends in a safe environment."

Salidans and local businesses can support this event in four ways. If anyone wants to volunteer the night of the event (for any amount of time) to serve snacks or run a game station, please text or call Kim F.R. (719-539-6890).

Also, if you would like to play a harmless prank on your neighbor for a good cause, you can call or text Shannon N. (719-239-1318) to have the purple after prom toilet placed in a neighbor or friend’s front yard.

Third, if you or your business would like to donate airline miles, money, or prizes, please reach out to Jodi B.P. (785-393-6432). Finally, Janine H. is requesting baked goods for the cake walk. If you would like to bake a cake, pie, cookies, or other pastry and drop it off the evening of April 27th, please call or text Janine (719-221-1838).

Lynn Van De Water is a parent of an SHS junior and decided to help get prizes for the event. “After Prom is a fun casual event that I am thrilled to support, because it is a safe inclusive party for all high school students to celebrate their school and friendships.”

Only juniors and seniors and their dates are allowed to attend prom. The after prom is open to all SHS students, regardless if they attended the prom as an upper classman or as a date of an upper classman. Popular drawings of local recreational gear donations, gift certificates from area restaurants, gas cards, and local products make the event a popular one. And, of course, the Salida community is very generous in their support year after year!

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