No beddy-bys for these guys Cocalico students celebrate prom with post party
By: LUCY RICCOMINI Review Staff, Staff Writer
About 150 students attended this year’s post prom on April 20 at Cocalico High School for an evening of fun-filled activities and events.
Post prom, which has become an annual event for the school, is an alternative to heading home after prom. Kids stay overnight at the school for an after-hours party packed with activities in a safe environment.
"The post prom is meant to be a fun, safe event for the students to attend after the prom," said Heather Shanaman, head of the post prom committee. "Most kids aren’t quite ready to go home after the prom and we offer a great alternative."
The committee, along with volunteers, work throughout the year to prepare for post prom. In the past two years, the amount of volunteers has dwindled and Shanaman was fearful that they wouldn’t have the manpower to pull off the event for 2013. But with the help of parents, students and teachers, this year’s post prom served to be one of the most successful.
"I owe that to the great parents that started out with us in the beginning," said Shanaman. "Through their network of friends and acquaintances we had at least 35 volunteers for this year’s event."
The committee also reached out to Mrs. Lindstrom and the Revolution Club at the high school to get the community and student body involved.
"Without the help of these students I don’t think we would have had the turnout that we did. They were instrumental in creating excitement within the student body and working as extra volunteers to help create the awesome games and decorations that we used this year."
The board game-themed evening featured a Velcro wall, inflatable games, and life-size board games like Candy Land, Parcheesi and more. The committee also gave away a Kindle Fire, a television and other donated items as prizes.
As the night came to an end at 5 a.m., the volunteers worked into the daylight hours to clean up.
After a two-week break, they will sit down to start planning the next year’s post prom. One of the biggest challenges is raising the funds for the activities. Each year, the committee hosts fundraisers, including a poinsettia sale.
"We are not included in the school’s budget so we raise our own funds," added Shanaman. "We rely heavily on donations of food, prizes and money from the community. We send out hundreds of letters in December reaching out to our community and typically have a good response."
The committee is always looking for more volunteers to help with post prom so that they can continue to offer students a safe place to party. For more information, email Shanaman at firstname.lastname@example.org, through a letter addressed to Post Prom at 810 South 4th Street, Denver, PA 17517, or visit the Cocalico Post Prom Facebook page.