The thousands of dollars in prizes were ready to go. The monumental amount of food was in place. And the Spring-Ford Senior High School juniors and seniors were ready to have the time of their life at the post-prom party, hosted by Students Need an Alternative Party (SNAP) at the high school.
Everything from four giant inflatables to a dance club was available to keep students entertained when prom ended May 31 at 10:30 p.m. until 4 a.m.
“It’s probably one of the best parties the kids will ever attend,” Chairperson Lori Blackburn said. “We put so much time and energy into hosting this event and making sure there is a lot to do. It’s important though, and we try to make this a place the kids want to go after prom.”
This year’s theme, “Come Sail Away on the SS Spring-Ford,” took students to places around the globe. They could travel from Alaska to Hawaii to the Caribbean to Australia and then to Mexico in the course of a single evening. There was a steel drum player and sand art, along with a tiki hut serving Rita’s Water Ice, for the Caribbean. Students could create a God’s Eye craft in Mexico, while Hawaii offered lei making. In Alaska, there was crafting aboriginal art. In Australia, students could explore the Great Barrier Reef with an up close look.
As students traveled from one location to another, they could also participate in having caricatures made and getting a henna or airbrush tattoo.
“I think the post-prom went really well,” Blackburn said. “The kids had a lot of fun, and the volunteers enjoyed it. Overall, things went great.”
In addition to traveling around the world, students could also play video games, watch movies, play in inflatables, do battle with laser tag, dance at a club or play chocolate bingo. The big attraction for staying the night, though, is the 100 prizes available. Beginning at 2:30 a.m., the prizes are given away to the winning raffle ticket. But the catch for students is they have to be present at the time of the drawing to receive their prize.
“Prizes this year included a new computer, a Playstation 3, restaurant gift cards, $250 to Tiffany’s, brand name purses, amusement park tickets, Apple products, jewelry and parking passes for next year,” Blackburn said. “The grand prize was $1,000 for a senior and $500 for a junior.”
No matter how much fun the party is, though, Blackburn said there’s only one reason behind SNAP’s dedication to post-prom: safety. Throughout the fundraising and decorating, what keeps the volunteers going is knowing the students have a safe place to go once they leave prom.
“Prom is that kind of night where kids don’t want to end their evening with prom,” Blackburn said. “Typically, they will go to a party or drive to the shore. But we want post-prom to be the place they want to go rather than have them participate in high-risk activities.”