Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Prom party to be cancelled...

"Time is running out for parent volunteers to come forward... After more than 50 years as a staple of the spring prom, the parent-sponsored prom-to-dawn event is on death row due to an absence of volunteers. "As of this date, we don’t have anyone to do it,” said superintendent".....

You can read the rest of the article here, but this caption provides the essence of the story. A sad commentary on funding concerns and parents not being involved.

No, this is not a commentary on the parents of this particular high school, sadly this is happening in too many schools across the country. People are busy managing their lives, and most parents just don't realize the full reason for having an after prom party.

Ask any parent of any high school student that if having a party would save the life of one senior, could they find the time and money? If we could ask that question of each parent, this year's party would be the largest, most attended event in history. Unfortunately, most parents just don't know.

In my case, our high school was experiencing the same problem, there were no plans (or budget) to hold an after-prom party the year my daughter was asked to the prom. When I learned this I took it upon myself to do something about it. What you don't know is that I pulled together our affair in less than eight weeks.

Ideally, planning something like this should begin many months before the prom, but it can be done in a hurry if you are late getting started. I learned the hard way - what to do - and what not to do to stage a successful After Prom celebration.

If this scenario is being played out in your community, you can make a difference. You don't need an expensive event planner and a budget budget to make this happen. For my daughter's after prom party, we started with no dollars and no parents and ended up having the best party our high school ever had! The missing component is "you". Someone who will make the commitment of time and start the process to get other parents involved. Once that happens, nothing can stop you. THAT is why I wrote my book, the After Prom Party Guide.

It is easier to walk in the footsteps of others than blaze a new trail yourself.

Let me help you save time and show you how to raise the money for your community's after prom party. Hey, together we just may save a child's life. Learn more about the book...

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