Tacos for prom

Ashley Smith · Tuesday, February 7, 2017
The West Liberty High School After Prom Committee held a Taco Dinner on Jan. 31, serving over 160 students, parents, coaches and community members.

The event took place during the Senior Night Varsity Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball Home Games at West Liberty high school. Money earned will be used to pay for After Prom 2017.

According to After Prom Committee Chairperson Becky Martin, After Prom is a safe, substance-free place for high school students and their guests to go after attending the West Liberty Prom Dance. This year, West Liberty high school will hold Prom on April 29.

“We bus the students who sign up to the University of Iowa Rec Center, where they can participate in a multitude of activities that may include a swimming pool with an inflatable obstacle course, a rock climbing wall, a lazy river, access to gymnasiums to play basketball, volleyball, and other games we are still planning,” said Martin.

After Prom will also include a DJ, photo booth, and plenty of food and drinks, said Martin. Other incentives to attend include prizes and giveaways to students.

“We start fundraising beginning the summer before the school year even starts by parking cars at Muscatine County Fair. We do a fundraiser called Buy A Yard during football season, hold Taco Dinners and Trivia nights, or whatever creative fundraiser the committee can think of,” said Martin.

“We also rely on the generous donations from individuals and businesses. These may be money, merchandise, gift cards, or any items they are willing to provide to make After Prom a success.”

After Prom isn’t an inexpensive endeavor, said Martin. “The Rec Center alone will cost us $3,000. Every After Prom committee is expected to leave $1,000 in the account for the following year,” she said.

In addition to rental fees, the committee also has food, drink and prize expenses.

The committee also held a Taco Dinner at the Wrestling Senior Night home meet. “We were grateful to our local Subway for donating the shredded lettuce for both of our dinners. Junior parents donate their time to set up, serve, and clean up this event.”

The committee is comprised of parents of the class of 2018. “We will begin meeting more often as April 29 will be fast approaching - probably once a month. All Junior Parents are encouraged and welcomed to attend and help in any way they can,” said Martin.

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2.4 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 reported drinking alcohol in the past month. Fun, substance-free events like West Liberty After Prom can help students choose not to drink after Prom ends.

“More than anything we hope our students go home with amazing Prom memories with their friends,” said Martin.

Parents interested in helping the After Prom committee are invited to contact Becky Martin via email at pbmartin@iowatelecom.net.
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