By Terry Rogers
The Junior Class of Milford Senior High School is busy preparing for one of the biggest social events of their high school experience, the Junior-Senior Prom. Scheduled for April 27, 2013 at the Duncan Center in Dover, the theme of this year’s prom is “Under the Sea.” Times for the prom and the promenade are not yet confirmed, and the class has not determined ticket prices, which will go on sale in March.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, during the 2005 prom season, which is the last for which statistics are available, 676 students died in alcohol related accidents. Many believe that private prom after parties where alcohol is served contributes to these fatalities. Several years ago, in an effort to reduce incidences of teens attending these private after prom parties and getting behind the wheel while impaired, the Junior class began holding an After Prom event in the High School cafeteria.
This year, the theme for After Prom is “Buccaneer Carnival,” offering students the ability to work off some adrenaline with games and a DJ. The event offers Wii, ping pong, corn hole and dancing in the gym. In the cafeteria, students can enjoy food, sodas and a movie. Every student who attends is entered into a drawing for door prizes donated by local businesses. In past years, these door prizes have included big screen televisions, laptop computers, and gift cards.
Letters will go out to local businesses in the next few weeks requesting donations of any type. The committee requests not only monetary donations to offset the cost of decorations and entertainment, but also door prize donations to entice the students to attend and remain for the entire two hours the event is planned. The event begins approximately one-half hour after prom ends and runs for two hours.
In an effort to raise money for the event, the After Prom Committee is launching Operation Flamingo, which will begin on February 25. Flamingos will appear in the yards of Milford School District residents. In the flock are an envelope with instructions for what the recipient must do to “remove” the flamingos. The instructions state that a $25 donation will make the flamingos “fly away,” while a $30 donation makes them “fly away forever.” The fundraiser is meant to be all in fun and the committee asks that those who find them in their yard do not destroy them or keep them. Please place what you can in the envelope to help support this worthwhile cause.
The committee also plans to hold a Quarter Auction on March 8 in the Milford High School cafeteria. Doors open at 6:30 and the auction begins at 7:00. Tickets in advance are $10 and at the door are $15. The group also plans to sell refreshments at the event. Auction paddles are $3.00 each.For more information about After Prom, Operation Flamingo or the Quarter Auction, individuals are encouraged to contact Dawn Coverdale at 302-670-0567 or Brenda Mariner at 302-381-8148.