April 1, 2010

After Prom Parents Committee Making Plans For May 1st Event

Prom and graduation season is just around the corner - this is a time for celebration. Unfortunately, these happy occasions sometimes involve underage drinking that can result in tragedy. It is no secret that students under 21 years old are drinking. It is therefore critical that parents, teachers, and communities work together to keep our young people safe.

Statistics show that Prom-Graduation season - the months of April, May and June - is the most dangerous time for teens. One-third of the alcohol-related traffic fatalities involving teens each year occur during those months. In 2005, during Prom and Graduation Season (April, May, June), 676 students under the age of 21 were killed in alcohol-related traffic crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2006, more than 19% of drivers ages 16 – 20 who died in a motor vehicle crashes had been drinking alcohol, also according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

It is the ultimate goal of the Scotland County After Prom Parents (SCAPP) to provide a safe, fun, drug and alcohol free post-prom activity. SCAPP not only provides a safe environment filled with games, food, and fun; but makes it very profitable as well for the students to attend the event. The ALL NIGHT event is open to any student who attends the SCR-I prom dance on May 1. Also, if an SCR-I high school junior or senior is unable to attend prom or chooses not to attend, they are still welcome at the ALL NIGHT event if they arrive before the doors are locked at 12:30 a.m.

Many, MANY individuals and businesses have supported SCAPP throughout the year in one way or another. Beginning in August at the Scotland County Antique Fair, SCAPP sold Scotland County t-shirts and sweatshirts, spirit boards, and caramel corn. Caramel corn sales continued at football and basketball games and the group hosted a soup supper at a Scotland County basketball game. Additionally, a prom dress resale event was held in February and just recently whole hog sausage sales were a successful fundraiser.

“SCAPP would like to thank all the readers who have supported the Scotland County After Prom Parents throughout the year,” said preisdent Angela Westhoff. “And, to all readers who have, throughout the year, or in previous years, purchased SCR-I shirts, caramel, corn, spirit boards, and cookbooks… Thank you.”

SCAPP still has a few cookbooks left to sell at $20 each as well as some t-shirts and sweatshirts. Anyone still interested in purchasing a cookbook or shirt, can do so by contacting Westhoff at 660.216.0412.

Anyone who has not had the opportunity to participate in any of the fundraising efforts to this point but wishes to make a donation to the organization, there are still a few weeks remaining until the big ALL NIGHT event on May 1. A donation will eagerly be accepted by any one of the following junior class parents; Angela Westhoff, Terri Briggs, Andrea Brassfield, or Lisa Wells. Cash donations will be accepted, or consider purchasing a useful gift card at a Memphis restaurant, at one of the local salons, at Pamida, or a gas gift card at any local petro vendor. Another popular gift card would be an iTunes card.

Big gifts to be awarded on May 1 will include two laptop computers w/ printers to be awarded to a senior boy and girl, a dorm refrigerator, microwave, coffee makers, cameras, hunting gear and equipment, shop tools, luggage, a Chi flat iron and blow dryer, in addition to a multitude of other gifts like storage totes, college bedding, movies, soda, and college logo gifts. And, details are still being worked out for a scholarship gift to be awarded to a junior boy and girl to be used towards a college credit class for the 2010-2011 school years. SCAPP makes every effort to ensure that no student will leave the event without a prize of some kind.

All the funds raised throughout the year go towards the big ALL NIGHT event following SCR-I prom. The dance will conclude around midnight. Students will then have until 12:30 to arrive in the SCR-I elementary school gym. At that time the doors are locked and no other students are permitted to enter. Once the students enter the event and the doors are locked at 12:30, they are only allowed to leave after a call has been placed to their parents giving permission to allow them to leave. And, a pretty convincing “bouncer” will be in place at the door to enforce this rule. Fearless Scotland County Sheriff, Wayne Winn, and his wife Brenda, have agreed to serve in that position for the evening.

As students arrive, a smorgasbord of food, snacks, beverages, and desserts are provided to the students before the games and entertainment begin around 1:30 a.m. Games and activities on the itinerary for the evening include: The Newlywed Game, Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune, Ping Pong, a Texas Hold-em tournament, washers, a Wii room as well as Guitar Hero. We also have plans for putting a new twist on some older games that include toilet plungers and fruit. A new activity for this year will be Sumo Wrestling. Sumo suits have been rented for the evening and an effort will be made to run as many students through that activity as possible in a two-hour period.

All of the games and activities will include CASH prizes making it VERY profitable for the students to attend the event and participate in the games. The Texas Hold-em tournament includes a $100 cash prize to the top chip holder at the end of the night.

The games will run for two hours until 3:30 am when all students will be gathered in the gym for 90 minutes of entertainment provided by nationally renowned hypnotist Dr. William Mitchell from Springfield, IL. Dr. Mitchell grew up in Paris, MO and attended Culver-Stockton College in Canton. He also recalls playing football against SCR-I’s original “dirty thirty” and shot trap with Ted Gundy and his boys in the 70’s.

Following Dr. Mitchell’s program around 5 a.m., the drawing for gifts will begin. Following the gift give-a-ways the students will be allowed to leave. At that time each student will be given a paid voucher for breakfast at the Main Street Café. This voucher is exclusive to breakfast for that morning only. SCAPP is providing this gift so students do not feel the need to leave town and drive a distance for breakfast after they’ve been up all night.

SCAPP is asking parents and loved ones to encourage their SCR-I students to RSVP for this event by registering themselves and their dates in the SCR-I high school office April 6-16.

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