Make good choices on prom night

Prom night is one of the most anticipated and most feared nights of the year.

So many wonderful memories to make. So many activities to share. Yet, so many dangers.

The camp you fall into generally depends on whether youre a student or a parent. Students look forward to an extravagant adult-like event dressing up, going out for a nice meal, attending a dance. Parents are left at home, hoping and praying for the safe return of their child.

Thankfully, there are people in our community who are committed to making this special evening both memorable and safe.

For one, students, teachers and parents have worked hard for several months to organize a post-prom event at Jefferson Primary School that is fun as well as safe. These sorts of things dont just fall together and attract large numbers of students. The event must be planned and promoted. And it must really offer a fun alternative to the drinking parties that inevitably surface at prom time.

Secondly, school officials have made it clear that drinking or drugs will not be tolerated. An all-school assembly on Monday at the high school featured a father who had lost a child in a car accident and a wheelchair-bound man who had been severely injured in a prom-night auto accident. We hope his message will encourage our young people to think twice before drinking and driving.

We look forward to the crowning of prom royalty and seeing the students enjoying themselves. We trust that they are mature enough to make the choices that will keep Saturday night a positive memory instead of a nightmare.

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