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Middle Park High School renergizes after-prom party

Reid Armstrong
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, CO Colorado

The quintessential trademarks of the American high school prom include rented tuxes, carnation corsages and a sea of colorful chiffon and taffeta. But, after the punch bowl has been exhausted, when the crepe streamers begin to droop and the dollar store balloons start to wrinkle and sag, teenagers are lured by some less savory prom traditions – heading to “the point,” the backseat of a Chevy or an unsupervised house for the “after party.”

This year, Middle Park High School is turning prom on its head, holding the entire event at Grand Park Community Recreation Center. The evening will begin with the traditional dance and crowning of a king and queen, but when the band dies down, crinoline and thule will make way for cotton and spandex. Post prom revelers will test their agility on the climbing wall, reach new heights on the trampoline and lounge in the pool and hot tub until the wee hours of the morning.

Throughout the evening, the post prom committee will be giving away computers, ipods, mini-refrigerators, gift certificates and other prizes to entice the kids to stick around.



An event like this takes a lot of money to put on, said post prom committee co-chair Kim Garrett, a parent of a junior who is helping find sponsors. With budgets crunching across the county, the committee is starting its fundraising efforts with less in the bank than usual, Garrett added.

“The towns gave about half of what they usually give,” she said. Prize donations are also down.



With the new location (the prom has been held at Young Life for the past few years), there will be additional cost to pay for the facility and rec center staff to stick around though the night to man the climbing wall, the pool and the trampoline. Plus there is the cost of food and beverages to cover.

The prom is scheduled for April 17, and there are still plenty of opportunity to chaperone, volunteer and donate money and prizes. The total fundraising goal for post prom is $10,000, Garrett said.

– Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610 or rarmstrong@skyhidailynews.com.


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