by Lois Wack, former After-Prom volunteer and Sandwich School Committee member
As you undoubtedly know prom night can be one of the most exciting and memorable nights in a child’s life. But, unfortunately, it can also be one of the most dangerous.
The Sandwich High School After Prom celebration began approximately 15 years ago in response to a pattern of unfortunate events including fatalities occurring between the time of the Junior Prom and Graduation. Over the years the After Prom celebration has grown in popularity to become the only party in town the night of the prom. Even students who do not attend the prom come to After Prom. From 11:30 pm until 5:30 am, the entire school is bustling with activities, including contests, raffles, food, and lots of entertainment – all provided free of charge to those who are there.
Here’s a post describing last May’s Preparation for After Prom.
Although the event is free of charge to those who attend, it costs between $20,000 and $30,000. To hold such an event is a tremendous undertaking and one where the statement “it takes a village to raise a child” comes into play.
Historically, the After Prom celebration is put on and organized by the junior class parents. Previous parents have compiled an instruction manual entitled “After Prom for Dummies” that contains everything you’ll need to know to organize the event. There is a list of several parents who have already volunteered to be in charge of various components of the event, but After Prom needs a Chair. A major component is fundraising. The later it gets, the harder it will be to raise the needed funds. Don’t wait any longer. Without a Chair, After Prom will not happen and no one wants to go back in time to the horrific events of 15 years ago. For more information or to volunteer, email: firstname.lastname@example.org